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.

1795–1805; origin uncertain

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a river in E Germany, flowing N through Berlin to the Havel River. 220 miles (354 km) long.
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spree (spriː)
1.  a session of considerable overindulgence, esp in drinking, squandering money, etc
2.  a romp
[C19: perhaps changed from Scottish spreath plundered cattle, ultimately from Latin praeda booty]

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Word Origin & History

frolic, drinking bout," 1804, slang, perhaps an alteration of Fr. esprit "lively wit" (see esprit). Ir. spre seems to be a loan-word from O.N. sprakr.
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Example sentences
They may live frugally and hoard what they have, or dissipate it in a wild spree.
One urban university helped solve a city-wide crime spree.
And uneasy importers, fearing a shortage, went on a buying spree.
Here's how to turn your next stroll through the woods into a shopping spree.
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