spoils of war definition, spoils of war meaning | English dictionary




      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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a militarist; person who urges war
Synonyms: warmonger, militant
guerre est marchandise
après la guerre, beaucoup de héros se présentent
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.
ce sont les petites pluies qui gâtent les grands chemins
en guerre, en chasse et en amour, pour un plaisir, mille douleurs
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