When one medieval fiefdom defeated another they would drag back its jewels, gold, tapestries and art objects as the spoils of war.
Hewing to principle is difficult, because it makes party whips angry, spoils dinner parties, and ends careers and friendships.
Kourtney Kardashian (Keeping Up With the Kardashians) Kourtney spoils her son, Mason, and she and her boyfriend love him a lot.
Over time, old rivalries began to deepen, particularly over the spoils of corruption.
In point of fact, Muslims do not have to pray in a building with a tall tower that spoils the surrounding landscape.
The spoils of the palaces he found here were transported to England in 1847.
"spoils the hoof to put the knife on the sole, Buck," said the smith.
Magenta is bad enough when it is itself; but the worst of magenta is that it spoils but poorly.
There they sat down around a council table, and there they divided the spoils.
The pavilion of Hanover at Paris was built out of the spoils of Germany.
c.1300, from Old French espoillier "to strip, plunder," from Latin spoliare "to strip of clothing, rob," from spolium "armor stripped from an enemy, booty;" originally "skin stripped from a killed animal," from PIE *spol-yo-, perhaps from root *spel- "to split, to break off" (cf. Greek aspalon "skin, hide," spolas "flayed skin;" Lithuanian spaliai "shives of flax;" Old Church Slavonic rasplatiti "to cleave, split;" Middle Low German spalden, Old High German spaltan "to split;" Sanskrit sphatayati "splits").
Sense of "to damage so as to render useless" is from 1560s; that of "to over-indulge" (a child, etc.) is from 1640s (implied in spoiled). Intransitive sense of "to go bad" is from 1690s. To be spoiling for (a fight, etc.) is from 1865, from notion that one will "spoil" if he doesn't get it. Spoil-sport attested from 1801.
"goods captured in time of war," c.1300; see spoil (v.). Spoils system in U.S. politics attested by 1839, commonly associated with the administration of President Andrew Jackson, on the notion of "to the victor belongs the spoils."
To get a divorce: They split the sheets
[1980s+; fr the division of property after a divorce]