Take James Carville, who, swigging Coc' Cola and playing the mad Cajun, spurred buttermilk-biscuit glamour to new heights.
"A lot of that spurred from what happened with my dad," Russert says.
It was my cousin Louis, who stood smiling and tapping his spurred heels with his riding-whip.
New opportunities, however, arose with 2011's social movement, spurred by high costs of living.
spurred by growing national concerns about obesity, many schools now offer undergraduates a place to discuss these questions.
It was these words, perhaps, that spurred Nicholas to his task.
He leaned over the saddle and spurred the pinto into his racing gait.
The Spaniard and the Indian spurred their horses to their utmost speed.
Dick, spurred by impulse, left his alcove and entered the room.
I wounded one, and as it was getting away I spurred my horse after the antelope on the run.
Old English spura, spora (related to spurnan "to kick," see spurn), from Proto-Germanic *spuron (cf. Old Norse spori, Middle Dutch spore, Dutch spoor, Old High German sporo, German Sporn "spur"), from PIE *spere- "ankle" (see spurn).
Generalized sense of "anything that urges on, stimulus," is from late 14c. Meaning "a ridge projecting off a mountain mass" is recorded from 1650s. "Widely extended senses ... are characteristic of a horsey race." [Weekley] Expression on the spur of the moment (1801) preserves archaic phrase on the spur "in great haste" (1520s). To win one's spurs is to gain knighthood by some valorous act, gilded spurs being the distinctive mark of a knight.
c.1200, from spur (n.). Related: Spurred; spurring.
A spine or projection from a bone.