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- Openness to trade acts as a spur to efficiency, innovation, and international competitiveness generally.
- Inequality is natural, inevitable and may even be a good thing - a spur to ambition, competition and achievement.
- They have been cited as a spur to a recovery in business confidence, though the evidence of this is not clear-cut and, in the case of Japan, flatly contradictory.
- Hilbert's problems were a spur to some of the most productive mathematical research of the 20th century.
- Her experience on the show acted as a spur to her ambition and she flew to California with £750 in her pocket.
- For those not yet at the repayment date this could be a spur to reconsider their mortgages.
- ‘I hope this report is not put back on a shelf but acts as a spur to provide treatment facilities and resources to tackle the issue,’ he said.
- It provides a lot of very smart and/or politically important people with a spur to help the campaign as much as possible.
- Anger can be channeled as a spur to action rather than being destructive. But Mars at its best is purposeful, an achiever and self-starter, and a force to be reckoned with.
- Everyone knows that competition can be both healthy (acting as a spur to progress) or negative, which is hurtful as well as wasteful.
- To some extent, this has undoubtedly acted as a spur to research, but I believe that it distorts more than it reveals, and that all ultimately lose by the process.
- Their continuing presence is a spur to violence.
- For those of our readers who specialize in this subject, this should serve both as an expert review and a spur to fresh thinking.
- That will give a spur to additional investment and, therefore, to additional productivity.
- Perhaps genius - even the illusion of genius - is a spur that throws us forward.
- Another spur to expeditions from the 1790s was the desire of British Protestant churches to evangelize overseas.
- Robert Koch was getting a great deal of attention throughout Europe for his discoveries and the French versus German rivalry that occurred provided a great spur to medical advances.
- The conservationist-author points out that the urge to find, dam, and channel water is one of the earliest spurs to technological advance.
- For example, proximity to one's home and community may act as a spur to some to fight harder.
- Any player averaging a hat-trick per game over an entire season is clearly not lacking talent, but Ross claims that enthusiasm is his main spur.
1.2(stimulus)acicate masculineaguijón masculinedriven by the spur of ambition/passion — acicateado / aguijoneado por la ambición/pasión
- Their well-feathered shanks had razor sharp spurs protruding ominously, and the feet were also covered in dense, thick feathers to protect the skin from the brutal cold.
2.1Geographyespolón masculineramal masculine
- The terrain between the spur of the mountain range and the sea is flat and thickly forested.
- The hilltop spur has stunning views across the Severn valley.
- It took them a week to reach the eastern spur of the Waiongona Gorge, near the present Mountain House, the last camp before the summit attempt.
- Built on a wooded spur above the town, the chapel is visible from almost six miles (ten kilometers) away.
- This is a very pleasant descent down a tributary valley with the distinctive spur known as the Tongue prominent on the opposite side of the stream.
2.2also spur track(of railway, road)ramal masculine
- The main spine would run between the existing and heavily-used west coast and east coast lines, with spurs to Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester.
- The work will also include a spur road into the new Terminal 5 at Heathrow.
- At the airport, a system of rail spurs would connect aviation-related businesses, warehouses and cargo storage areas.
- Scores of business premises will be bulldozed to make way for the final section of the northern spur of Sheffield's inner ring road.
- However, planners were reluctant to commit to having a rail spur open by late 2010.
transitive verb spurring, spurred, spurred
- Gregor mutters a few more obscenities and turned back in his saddle before spurring his horse forward.
- All three spurred their horses forward at the same time.
- He shot her a grin before spurring his horse forward.
- Maddock shouted, spurring his horse forward into the melee.
- He gestured with his torch, and spurred his horse forward.
- As he spurred his horse forward to catch up with his brothers, Ben said a silent prayer that his words would prove to be true.
- She wheeled her horse around, and spurred the stallion into a gallop.
- ‘Follow my lead,’ Doran shouted, spurring his horse forward with his heels.
- Indignant, she turned away, but he evidently took this as a sign of encouragement and spurred his horse forward to ride by her side.
- Diana took a deep breath and spurred her horse towards the cave.
- Then he leapt into the saddle and spurred the horse to a gallop, and with a wave of his hand, he was gone.
- The hero tips his hat to the ladies, spurs his horse and gallops off toward the setting sun in a cloud of dust.
- He yelled and they set off, spurring their horses into a gallop.
- He pulled himself up behind her and she spurred the horse into a gallop.
- Jack let out a loud whoop as he spurred his horse on.
- With that, they spurred their horses out of the stables and into the dark night…
- She looks away and gently spurs her horse back into a slow walk.
- Uncle Howard spurred his horse into a trot, and Thomas and I followed.
- He spurred the horse into a fast trot.
- With this, they spurred their horses on again and continued towards their destination.
2(urge on)(person/team) estimular(person/team) alentarthis should spur them to greater efforts — esto debería estimularlos / alentarlos a esforzarse más
- spurred by dreams of wealth — aguijoneado / acicateado por sueños de riqueza
- However, the reward of seeing the mighty Everest from Kala Pattar - a 5,545 metre adjacent peak - was incentive enough to spur us on.
- Encouraging feedback from reviewers and reading groups is spurring Chris on.
- He said: ‘The article really brought home how these people suffer and it spurred me on.’
- We hope the Yorkshire Bank-sponsored grants of up to £1,000 per school will spur people on to continue what we have started - because there is no room for complacency.
- ‘The new rules are designed to spur people into putting more into their pension pot,’ Holt adds.
- It was this desire for excitement that spurred Kevin to leave his job as an accountant after three years to become a professional actor.
- She said it was the very happiness and stability of her upbringing that spurred her to investigate her personal history.
- ‘To receive a pledge of this magnitude spurs us on to secure the remaining £20,000,’ said head teacher Alan Davis.
- ‘You watch them, their artistry, their special qualities and it really spurs you on to find something like that in yourself,’ she says.
- I think it is always very touching when your efforts are praised, even in small ways, and it spurs you on to do more good work.
- When I arrived here I found two men who were not just great coaches, they were also good at spurring me on.
- The plight of a York woman's friend is spurring her on to run the London Marathon for the first time - and hopefully raise hundreds of pounds.
- She and her husband are keen travellers and the chance of winning a holiday in the competition is spurring her on to win.
- Three years later she received the devastating news that she had leukaemia but instead of letting her condition rule her life, she was spurred into action to help other sufferers by raising vital funds.
- Last year's disappointment at failing to reach the final of the 400m has spurred him to greater effort.
- He said that what spurred him to become involved in fund-raising for the Heart Foundation was attending the funeral three years ago of a friend who died of a heart attack as a young man.
- The incident spurs Ben to become a doctor and an all-around humanitarian.
- To their credit, many in the neighborhood, both black and white, were spurred to action.
- Each year millions of smokers attempt to quit en masse, spurred on by the annual health awareness campaign.
- The fact that her second chance was costing her parents money spurred her on.
- spurred by dreams of wealth — aguijoneado / acicateado por sueños de riqueza
intransitive verb spurring, spurred, spurred
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