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  • n. Plural form of spoil-sport.


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  • They're simply not ashamed to be the political equivalent of grade school recess spoil-sports.

    Bob Cesca: Killing the False Equivalency "Both Sides" Meme

  • But bitter experience, that all persons above thirty-five were spoil-sports, prevented him.

    In Chancery

  • Afterwards when we were home in barracks, these enthusiasms in my case were corrected by remembering that the Germans had twenty cavalry divisions each as imposing as this our only darling, of which I formed a part; and secondly by wondering what would happen if half a dozen spoil-sports got themselves into a hole with a maxim gun and kept their heads.


  • Besides, the friendly rain had curtained him and kept away the spoil-sports.

    McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908.

  • He looked at them as if to say: 'Well, what spoil-sports!

    Five Go Off To Camp

  • Yet those whom the common people call, in their picturesque language, wet blankets, spoil-sports, or kill-joys, are not necessarily hostile to the gaiety of the rest.

    Introduction to the Science of Sociology

  • We prefects have held back because we didn't want to be spoil-sports, but I believe you really voice the opinion of a good many girls.

    The Jolliest School of All

  • Some had them busked before they set out, but that was not considered prudent; for of course there was always a risk of meeting spoil-sports on the way, to whom the spears would tell a tale that could not be learned from ordinary staves.

    Auld Licht Idylls

  • As spoil-sports, those Russian officers were the champions of the world.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life Its Extermination and Preservation

  • They had hardly mentioned them in their last letters, just as if they had been anxious to be rid of all eyewitnesses and spoil-sports.



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