When news of the talks leaked to the press, however, Papandreou abruptly pulled out, spurring a round of bitter recriminations.
“I think I sometimes acted as a spur, even though the spurring was not always wanted or welcome,” she said.
Republicans running in 2010 will have to build an agenda centered on spurring job growth.
The U.S., allied with Afghans, helped defeat the advance of the Red Army in Afghanistan spurring the end of the Cold War.
Digital innovation should be spurring the creation of new competitive companies.
Then spurring his horse he rode on them so fiercely that he smote one knight through the body, breaking his spear in doing so.
It might have made them less eager in spurring on their steeds; still, on they came.
He drew a revolver from his holster and, spurring on the guide, encouraged the men to a double-quick.
Their legal status was, as it were, a goad, spurring them on to show their horror of it.
spurring his horse over the slight eminence which rose in front, the cause of it became manifest.
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.