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spats

n. 1 (plural of spat English) 2 A stiff legging worn over the instep and ankles of a shoe 3 Similar device for horses 4 Long hair on front of lower legs of heavier horses (over the hooves), especially draft horses, notably the Clydesdale breed.

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spats

n. a cloth covering (a legging) that provides covering for the instep and ankles [syn: spat, gaiter]

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Spats (footwear)

Spats, a shortening of spatterdashes, or spatter guards are a type of classic footwear accessory for outdoor wear, covering the instep and the ankle. Spats are distinct from gaiters, which are garments worn over the lower trouser leg as well as the shoe.

Spats (radio series)

Spats is a British radio comedy sketch series broadcast on digital radio station BBC 7. The series is written and presented by John-Luke Roberts (credited as Luke Roberts in the first series), with additional material written by Nadia Kamil. Kamil also stars in the show, alongside Stephen Critchlow and Clare Wille. The series first started as a pilot, first broadcast on 11 December 2006.

Each episode of Spats looks at two sides of some kind of argument. Examples include "Religion v Atheism (and Other Religions)", "Love v Something Better" and "The Living vs The Dead". Each episode then presents a series of sketches, consisting of what Roberts himself describes as "perfectly adequate sketch comedy" concerning the themes. At the end of each episode, one of the sides is declared by Roberts the winner.

Spats

Spats or SPATS may refer to:

  • Spats (footwear), a type of shoe accessory
  • Spats (radio series), a comedy sketch show on BBC 7
  • Spats Baxter, a character in Movie Movie (1978), played by George C. Scott
  • "Spats" Columbo, lead gangster in the film Some Like It Hot (1959)
  • Carmelita Spats, a character in the A Series of Unfortunate Events children's novel series
  • Fender skirts, automobile wheel covers, known as spats in Australia and the UK
  • An aircraft fairing covering the wheels
  • Compression shorts, known as spats in Japan
  • South Pacific Association of Theological Schools

Usage examples of "spats".

The staff grew pale around his hand and spread down the length of the wood, dousing the spats of darkfire as it flowed.

Carmelita Spats was the sort of person who would snatch it from your hands anyway.

Carmelita Spats was rude, she was violent, and she was filthy, and it is really a shame that I must describe her to you, because there are enough ghastly and distressing things in this story without even mentioning such an unpleasant person.

Before too long, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire will have so much adversity that being dreadful Carmelita Spats, and if you wanted to give a gold medal to Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, it would be for survival in the face of adversity.

I know that this loathsome little girl was Carmelita Spats, but the Baude-laires had not been properly introduced to her and so did not realize just how loathsome she was, although as the orphans drew closer she gave them an instant education.

Carmelita Spats cried, and several of her rude, filthy, violent friends nodded in agreement.

Like many other rude, violent, filthy people, Carmelita Spats had a bunch of friends who were always happy to help her torment people-probably to avoid being tor-mented themselves.

Seeing two people who look so much alike is a little bit eerie, but it was better than looking at Carmelita Spats, so the Baudelaires sat down across from them and introduced themselves.

But between Vice Principal Nero playing the violin, Carmelita Spats teasing us, and the dreadful Orphans Shack, Prufrock Prep is a pretty miserable place.

But to make things worse, Carmelita Spats sat right behind Violet, and every few minutes she would lean forward and poke Violet with a stick she had found on the lawn.

Sure enough, Carmelita Spats was walking toward their table with a big, smug smile on her face.

If the Baudelaire orphans had been stalks of celery, they would not have been small children in great distress, and if they had been lucky, Carmelita Spats would not have approached their table at this particular moment and delivered another unfortunate message.

After the children received their second message from Carmelita Spats, they spent the rest of the afternoon wondering what Coach Genghis would make them do that evening.

The dreadful Carmelita Spats delivered them the usual message at lunch, after they spent the morning dozing through classes and secretarial duties, and the Baudelaires put their heads on the cafeteria table in despair at the idea of another night of running.