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spoils

  

      pl n  
1    sometimes sing   valuables seized by violence, esp. in war  
2      (Chiefly U.S.)   the rewards and benefits of public office regarded as plunder for the winning party or candidate  
   See also       spoils system  


spoils system  
      n     (Chiefly U.S)   the practice of filling appointive public offices with friends and supporters of the ruling political party  
   Compare       merit system  
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n.
a militarist; person who urges war
Synonyms: warmonger, militant
n.
guerre est marchandise
exp.
une brebis galeuse pour gâter un troupeau
n.
après la guerre, beaucoup de héros se présentent
exp.
ne va pas à la guerre qui craint les horions
v.
spoil someone's plans; spoil someone's pleasure or joy.
I hate to rain on your parade, but we will not be able to host your birthday party next week.
n.
ce sont les petites pluies qui gâtent les grands chemins
n.
en guerre, en chasse et en amour, pour un plaisir, mille douleurs
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