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  • n. Plural form of spike.
  • n. A pair of athletic shoes equipped with spikes on the sole and heel for better traction.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of spike.


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  • Of course in the hothouses that's kind of irrelevant, but there you can look with amazement at the fantastically sturdy spikes on spikes on spikes*, a sort of arms race with MAD of the vegetable world.

    And Sunday afternoon too

  • Rick, the information that we're getting -- and they essentially buried the lead in this news conference because they didn't say it right away -- was that they had lowered some geophones, some listening devices into that third hole and they picked up about five minutes 'worth of what they call spikes, they don't know what -- it is essentially is a series of noises.

    CNN Transcript Aug 15, 2007

  • And about 48% of U.S. residents live in counties where smog (ozone) is too high, 20% live in areas where there are too many short-term spikes in pollution and 6% live in areas with harmful year-round soot (particle pollution).

    Report: California cities have worst air pollution in U.S.

  • It is indeed a train wreck, and Sen. McConnell has pulled as many spikes from the rails and disabled as many switches as he could to ensure that it would be a train wreck.

    McConnell: Health care bill a 'legislative train wreck'

  • Just taking a guess, but with the title I'd guess they're going for something analagous to the Sargasso Sea (with those giant spikes from the sky being the equivalent of the seaweed?).

    What Is Sargasso Planet?

  • Don't be surprised if the bidding on Beauchemin spikes quickly.

    Most popular: 25 free agents who'll draw plenty of interest

  • It is only when the hero wears armour covered in spikes and fights the worm in a stream (so that the parts wash away before healing) that the Worm is defeated.

    Lizards in literature « Write Anything

  • To support his point, he cites Ireland and Latvia's short-term spikes in unemployment, economic swoons and high interest rates since they cut their stimulus spending.

    This Is No Time For More Federal Stimulus

  • Bullies such as Joe Clark have only short-term spikes in test scores — if that — to recommend their behavior.

    The truth behind the get-tough success stories in school reform

  • Crime experts caution against overreacting to short-term spikes, as they have a way of evening out in the end.

    Murders Spike During a Week


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