In addition to sparing their lives, Kruger offered the prisoners better food and other privileges for their hard work.
His body had caught the impact, sparing the lives of two of his friends.
He drank less for a while, was sparing with drugs, and sang gospel songs to the crowds who greeted his return.
Whatever his sympathies might have been, he was an equal-opportunity interrogator, sparing neither side his searing questions.
sparing Talmudic interpretation, Mr. Ryan's vote was to cut taxes.
Perhaps it was a wise indulgence of heaven, that at this time gave me with a sparing hand, just enough.
Many of our most energetic and useful workers have been but sparing readers.
M. Flammarion evidently was rather too sparing with his dots and marks.
But it doesn't present itself to me as a ground for sparing the older generation.
If you stay longer now I might not be sparing of my sarcasms.
Old English sparian "to refrain from harming, to allow to go free," from the source of Old English spær "sparing, frugal," from Proto-Germanic *sparaz (cf. Old Frisian sparia, Old Norse spara, Old High German sparon "to spare"). Meaning "to dispense from one's own stock" is recorded from early 13c. Related: Spared; sparing.
"kept in reserve, not used," late 14c., from spare (v.). Old English had spær "spare, frugal." In reference to time, from mid-15c.; sense of "flimsy, thin" is recorded from 1540s. Spare part is attested from 1888.
"extra thing or part," 1640s, from spare (v.). Middle English noun sense was "mercy, leniency" (early 14c.). Bowling sense of "a knocking down of all pins in two bowls" is attested from 1849, American English.