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sparing

1. The use of one medicine in place of another, usually to prevent side effects from high doses of the first medicine (e.g., steroid-sparing).
2. Protective; said of certain surgical operations that preserve vital tissues and their function.
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As it was, when I had spare moments I spent them playing chess, or going with nice girls who were themselves students, or in riding a bicycle whenever I was fortunate enough to have it out of the pawnbroker's possession.
What it was I had no guess, which for the time increased my fear of it; but I now know it must have been the roost or tide race, which had carried me away so fast and tumbled me about so cruelly, and at last, as if tired of that play, had flung out me and the spare yard upon its landward margin.
Besides these things, I took all the men's clothes that I could find, and a spare fore-topsail, a hammock, and some bedding; and with this I loaded my second raft, and brought them all safe on shore, to my very great comfort.
I presented my gun at her, but, as she did not understand it, she was perfectly unconcerned at it, nor did she offer to stir away; upon which I tossed her a bit of biscuit, though by the way, I was not very free of it, for my store was not great: however, I spared her a bit, I say, and she went to it, smelled at it, and ate it, and looked (as if pleased) for more; but I thanked her, and could spare no more: so she marched off.
I had the biggest magazine of all kinds now that ever was laid up, I believe, for one man: but I was not satisfied still, for while the ship sat upright in that posture, I thought I ought to get everything out of her that I could; so every day at low water I went on board, and brought away something or other; but particularly the third time I went I brought away as much of the rigging as I could, as also all the small ropes and rope-twine I could get, with a piece of spare canvas, which was to mend the sails upon occasion, and the barrel of wet gunpowder.
There is no time to spare, Tom," said Maggie, as soon as Bob left the room.
I know you would do a great deal for me; I know how you work, and don't spare yourself.
Yes; but trot away now, for I've no more time to spare," said Tom, looking at his watch.
30, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SPARE unveils its iPhone application that puts diners' spare change to work, automatically rounding up their dine-out bills to the nearest dollar to feed hungry New Yorkers and contribute to closing the meal gap in New York City.
Speaking at motorcycle Spare parts dealers and distributors convention of Sindh, Baluchistan and Punjab held to recognized their efforts related to sale promotion of ISH spare parts here at a local club, he said establishment of model shops at Sukkur, Hyderabad, Rahim Yar Khan, Larkana is in progress.
Between 9pm on January 12, and 8am on January 16, the offenders stole four spare wheels from different vans parked in separate Gateshead streets.
And spare us, no less, the need for wonder: it demands too much