spree : Common Errors in English

About spree

It used to be that a spree was mainly understood as a wild drinking carouse, with the emphasis on spontaneity and abandon. Then it was used metaphorically, as in a “shopping spree.” American journalists began to write of “killing sprees” by murderers recklessly killing people at random (“spree” fits so nicely in headlines).But they go too far when they refer to terrorist bombing sprees. Targeted, purposeful acts like these lack the element of spontaneity and disorder that characterize a spree. Do they mean perhaps a spate?

spree Meaning(s)

  • (n) a brief indulgence of your impulses
  • (v) engage without restraint in an activity and indulge, as when shopping

spree in News

  1. Swim Spree to help West Broad Street Y pool programs

    Local teens and swimming enthusiasts Emily Johnson and Amanda Royek are coordinating the third annual Summer Swim Spree to benefit the West Broad Street YMCA and its summer swimming programs. The event will be from 7-11 a.m.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Savannah Morning News

  2. Shooting spree assault on C-U

    Only long-term resolve can bring an end to outbreaks of violence like last weekend's shooting spree in north Champaign. Only long-term resolve can bring an end to outbreaks of violence like last weekend's shooting spree in north Champaign. A shooting spree last weekend in north Champaign — four incidents leaving six wounded — has once again sparked cries of outrage among community leaders and ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: IlliniHQ.com

  3. Crime spree suspect sentenced in Salem

    A man accused of a crime spree in Washington and Oregon that ended when he was wounded by a Marion County sheriff's deputy was sentenced Monday in Salem to five years in prison.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Seattle Times

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