Meaning of spree in English:


Pronunciation /spriː/

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  • 1A spell or sustained period of unrestrained activity of a particular kind.

    ‘he went on a six-month crime spree’
    • ‘a shopping spree’
    • ‘Gangsters used to be criminals who took off on crime sprees and lived to be hunted by the law.’
    • ‘The tabloid wants evidence of who's behind the crime spree.’
    • ‘We became friends, and went on a shopping spree in Oxford Street.’
    • ‘Imagine my surprise, then, when I happened upon this compilation album, during a recent shopping spree around London's record shops.’
    • ‘Since then, the company has gone on a massive shopping spree, acquiring and building some 14 different packaging and processing plants and dairies.’
    • ‘Visitors at the store could also register for a $2,500 shopping spree and other in-store giveaways.’
    • ‘Or is this all some crazy convoluted crime spree by a local lunatic?’
    • ‘Together they embark on a high-class crime spree across Europe.’
    • ‘At a press conference, a police spokesman spoke of the alleged crime spree as being clearly provoked and not really worth prosecution.’
    • ‘My nationwide shopping spree focused on the latter.’
    • ‘The subsequent killing spree accounts for the fates of many of the minor characters.’
    • ‘In 1957 Charlie, then 19, went on a killing spree.’
    • ‘Outside the movie theaters, a similar drinking spree was taking place.’
    • ‘There they trade, with relish, tales of their killing sprees.’
    • ‘Well, Leela, you'd wind up going on a killing spree.’
    • ‘Were they really on a hiring spree since October?’
    • ‘He provides him with a gun and an opportunity to fuel a spree of mayhem.’
    • ‘The result is a spree of robberies, culminating in ‘one last big job.’’
    • ‘Shortly after their killing spree, we notice John is having trouble sleeping, and he begins to look more and more haggard.’
    • ‘One rationale behind the buying spree was to be able to offer different products to different market segments.’
    unrestrained bout, orgy
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    1. 1.1 dated A spell of unrestrained drinking.
      • ‘crews were seldom going ashore and therefore seldom going on the spree’
      drinking bout, debauch
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verbverb sprees, verb spreeing, verb spreed

[no object] dated
  • Take part in a spree.

    • ‘they don't want work, they're too busy spreeing!’
    enjoy oneself, make merry, have fun, have a good time, have a wild time, rave, party, have a party, eat, drink, and be merry, revel, roister, carouse, kill the fatted calf, put the flag out, put the flags out
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Late 18th century of unknown origin.