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[spree] /spri/
a lively frolic or outing.
a bout or spell of drinking to intoxication; binge; carousal.
a period, spell, or bout of indulgence, as of a particular wish, craving, or whim:
an eating spree; a spending spree.
a period or outburst of extreme activity: the team’s scoring spree;
no motive for his killing spree.
Origin of spree
1795-1805; origin uncertain


[shprey] /ʃpreɪ/
a river in E Germany, flowing N through Berlin to the Havel River. 220 miles (354 km) long. Unabridged
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  • They may live frugally and hoard what they have, or dissipate it in a wild spree.
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  • It is part horror, part thriller, featuring a couple of hitmen on a mercenary killing spree.
  • The election was seven months ago, and the buying spree has not flagged since.
  • The former ruling party, it transpired, had embarked on a pre-election spending spree to woo voters.
  • His spending spree had been fuelled by cheap loans that were no longer available.
  • That, alas, is a mere pittance in the context of this year's broader lending spree.
  • Thermo as a whole could certainly afford a spending spree.
  • One urban university helped solve a city-wide crime spree.
  • And uneasy importers, fearing a shortage, went on a buying spree.
British Dictionary definitions for spree


a session of considerable overindulgence, esp in drinking, squandering money, etc
a romp
Word Origin
C19: perhaps changed from Scottish spreath plundered cattle, ultimately from Latin praeda booty
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Word Origin and History for spree

frolic, drinking bout," 1804, slang, perhaps an alteration of French esprit "lively wit" (see esprit). Irish spre seems to be a loan-word from Old Norse sprakr.

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