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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a crime spree (=when one person commits a lot of crimes in a short time)
▪ He was arrested after a two-day crime spree.
a shopping spree (=when you buy a lot of things)
▪ He admits to going on a shopping spree with someone else's credit card.
killing spree (=an occasion when someone murders many people in a short period of time)
▪ They murdered fifteen boys in a killing spree across southern California.
▪ Ian Woodner's wholesale spending spree ended with his death.
▪ The spending spree in the west was mirrored by falling shop sales in east Berlin: almost 20 percent compared with 1989.
▪ With the launch of the single market programme, all have gone on massive spending sprees.
▪ This applies even if one of you, unknown to the other, has gone on a mad spending spree.
▪ But the thief won't be able to use the stolen cards on a spending spree.
▪ Columbia's recent spending spree has partly been paid for by Sony.
▪ Indulging in year-end spending sprees to farce up next year's budgeted expenditure.
▪ The action follows complaints from parents and consumer groups and comes during a £600 million Christmas spending spree on games and hardware.
▪ He had been sentenced after going on a two-month crime spree.
▪ Vividly picture going on a wonderful shopping spree, buying everything you have ever dreamt of, with great joy and exuberance.
▪ But looking after five-month-old daughter Atlanta has put a brake on her clothes shopping sprees.
▪ She was on a shopping spree and had bumped into him outside Heal's in Tottenham Court Road.
▪ More controversial than Woody Allen on a shopping spree in children's world.
▪ We are in the midst of a decade-long shopping spree.
▪ Spark has been on a bit of buying spree over the last year, snapping up Softtechnet in May.
▪ With the launch of the single market programme, all have gone on massive spending sprees.
▪ But their lives are shattered when a nutty friend goes on a shooting spree, injuring Luna and killing Wren.
▪ Believing that clothes make the musician, the Cliburn competition rewarded him with a shopping spree at Neiman Marcus.
▪ This is my first shopping spree.
▪ But if the spending spree stays at the same pace, even more money will be needed later.
▪ He had been sentenced after going on a two-month crime spree.
▪ In contrast Stanley's usually made the inspired calculations of a good invitation side out for a scoring spree.
▪ In the national betting holiday just past, teen-agers were full players in the spree.
▪ Jonathan Dyson started the scoring spree by making a 43-yard reception on the Eagles' second play from scrimmage.
▪ One was a stabbing spree in which 12 cabdrivers got knifed in one week by a lone assailant.
▪ Some stores were bright on reports of an eleventh-hour Christmas buying spree.
▪ Then, against the background of bitter, violent parental quarrels, Chester began a spree of delinquency.
▪ This is my first shopping spree.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Spree \Spree\ (spr[=e]), n. [Cf. Ir. spre a spark, animation, spirit, Gael. spraic. Cf. Sprack.] A merry frolic; especially, a drinking frolic; a carousal.

spending spree an incident in which one spends money freely; -- usually designating indiscreet or reckless spending on unneeded items.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"a frolic, drinking bout," 1804, slang, earliest use in Scottish dialect works, of uncertain origin. Perhaps [Barnhart] an alteration of French esprit "lively wit" (see esprit). According to Klein, Irish spre seems to be a loan-word from Old Norse sprakr. Watkins proposes a possible origin as an alteration of Scots spreath "cattle raid," from Gaelic sprédh, spré, "cattle; wealth," from Middle Irish preit, preid, "booty," ultimately from Latin praeda "plunder, booty" (see prey (n.)).\n\nThe splore is a frolic, a merry meeting. In the slang language of the inhabitants of St Giles's, in London, it is called a spree or a go.

[Note in "Select Scottish Songs, Ancient and Modern," vol. II, London, 1810]

\nIn Foote's comedy "The Maid of Bath" (1794) the word appears as a Scottish dialect pronunciation of spry: " 'When I intermarried with Sir Launcelot Coldstream, I was en siek a spree lass as yoursel; and the baronet bordering upon his grand climacteric;' " etc.

n. 1 A merry frolic; especially, a drinking frolic. 2 Uninhibited activity.

  1. n. a brief indulgence of your impulses [syn: fling]

  2. v. engage withour restraint in an activity and indulge, as when shopping


The Spree (; , ) is a river that flows through the Saxony, Brandenburg and Berlin states of Germany, and in the Ústí nad Labem region of the Czech Republic. Approximately in length, it is a left bank tributary of the River Havel, which itself flows into the Elbe and then the North Sea. It is the river on which the original centre of Berlin was built.

The reach of the river between the Dämeritzsee and Müggelsee to the east of Berlin is known as the Müggelspree.

Spree (film)

Spree is a 1996 film written and directed by Rustin Thompson. It tells the story of a young woman who falls in love with a drug dealer and the perils that come with it.

Spree (disambiguation)

The Spree is a river in Germany.

Spree may also refer to:

  • The cultural festival of NIT Warangal; see Spring Spree
  • An open-source e-commerce platform built on Ruby on Rails; see Spree Commerce.
  • Killing several people in succession over a fairly long yet uninterrupted period of time; see spree killer.
  • Spree (candy), a type of candy.
  • A nickname for American professional basketball player Latrell Sprewell.
  • A model of motorized scooter made by Honda; see Honda Spree.
  • School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, Solar and renewable energy research institute.
  • Spree (movie)
  • Spree (Numb3rs), an episode of Numb3rs
  • "Spree!", an episode of Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi
Spree (candy)

Spree is a candy manufactured by The Willy Wonka Candy Company, a brand owned by Nestlé. Spree was created by the Sunline Candy Company, later renamed Sunmark Corporation, of St. Louis, MO in the mid-1960s. Spree was an idea of an employee named John Scout. In the 1970s the brand was bought by Nestle' who markets the candy under the Willy Wonka brand. Spree is classified as a compressed dextrose candy, covered in a colored fruit-flavored shell. Depending on the market it is available in rolls or thin food type cardboard boxes. A variation called Chewy Spree is also available in two distinct types: Chewy Spree Original and Chewy Spree Mixed Berry. Chewy Spree boasts a similar size and shape as classic Spree, but with a chewy center. Chewy Spree is available in pouches, rather than rolls.

Spree (Numbers)

"Spree" is the first episode of the third season of the American television show Numb3rs The episode features Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents pursuing a couple of spree killers. Series writer Ken Sanzel drew inspiration for the episode from pursuit curves. "Spree" also launches a more general trend toward the serialization of the series.

David Gallagher and Kim Dickens guest-starred as the couple. For Gallagher, the role of Buck Winters was a sharp contrast with his role in a previous series. Lou Diamond Phillips, reprising his role of FBI Special Agent Ian Edgerton, made his third appearance on Numb3rs.

"Spree" first aired in the United States on September 22, 2006. Critics gave the episode positive reviews.

Spree (festival)

Spree is the Annual Sports Festival of BITS Pilani, Goa Campus. It is a three-day long fest usually held in March – early April. Since its inception in 2007, it has grown to become the largest collegiate sports festival in India; attracting many national as well as international participants. The theme has always been "Pure Sport", while the tagline for the upcoming season – Spree'16 is "Where Winners Tread". The 2014 edition of the festival received a footfall of more than 40,000 students from 120 colleges all over the country. Spree has always been recognized for the best teams from sportiest colleges across the country, top-notch badminton and tennis courts, and a BCCI maintained cricket and football ground.

Usage examples of "spree".

I exerted all my efforts to acquaint the French Government with what was passing on the Spree.

A classic spree of youthful dynamism after his last rejuvenation had made him choose a visible pattern, stylish and chic in those days.

They tend to be impulsive, particularly in activities that are potentially self damaging, such as shopping sprees, psychoactive substance abuse, reckless driving, casual sex, shoplifting, and binge eating.

About the fourth day a swagman turned up, and he gave the swaggie a gold watch chain to show him the way to the nearest town, and he is there now--on the spree, I believe.

Before the Aryan groups came to prominence, there was a spree of cult violence not widely recognized as millenarian but in fact showing so many signs of the medieval form as to seem a knife-happy parody.

Chase and Jenny Anderson had records before their spectacular bank-robbing spree: shoplifting, poaching, unlicensed firearms, bootlegging, forged checks.

The brick viaducts which carry this arch the Spree again and again in their course through and around the city, but with never quite such spectacular effects as our spidery tressels, achieve.

Delphi starts on a Euromarket shopping spree squired by her old Infante, thereby doing her bit to stave off social collapse.

Kiqui village, he guessed the Stenos were amusing themselves with a destructive spree.

A jovial spree in the cabin at night, A song on the rolling deck, A lark ashore with the ships in sight, Till -- a wreck goes down with a wreck.

The cheques we made and the shanty sprees, The camps in the great blind scrub, The long wet tramps when the plains were seas, And the oracles worked in days like these For rum and tobacco and grub.

Because, he confided to me at the top of his voice, he was merely a visitor in New Tammany College, and much as he objected to its curricular policies, he did not wish to act discourteously -- besides, he'd not forgotten the consequence of his spree in the Nikolayan Zoo.

When Ted Bundy decompensated, his crimes had escalated from spree killings to the orgy of the crazed multiple butcheries he committed in a Florida sorority house.

Chopping Spree Salad 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts &frac14 cup fresh lime juice &frac14 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 large head romaine lettuce, outer leaves removed 4 canned hearts of palm, well rinsed Nonstick cooking spray &frac14 cup pine nuts or blanched, slivered almonds ½ cup diced fresh jicama 1 cup seeded diced tomato (about 2 medium tomatoes) ½ cup trimmed, thinly sliced scallions (about 2 scallions) Tangy Lime Dressing (recipe follows) Place the chicken breasts between sheets of plastic wrap and pound them with a mallet to a 13-inch thickness.

While she could take no blame for the freakish hunting mishap, it was also indisputable that the doomed rhino expedition had been precipitated by the dognapping crisisand that the dognapping had been complicated by Desie's attraction to, and abetment of, Twilly Spree.