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Noun: spat  spat
  1. [informal] A quarrel about petty points
    - bicker, bickering, tiff [informal], squabble, pettifoggery, fuss, brannigan [US, informal]
     
  2. A cloth covering (a legging) that covers the instep and ankles
    - gaiter
     
  3. A young oyster or other bivalve
Verb: spat (spatted,spatting)  spat
  1. Come down like raindrops
    "Bullets were spatting down on us"
     
  2. Become permanently attached
    "mollusks or oysters spat"
     
  3. Strike with a sound like that of falling rain
    "Bullets were spatting the leaves"
     
  4. Clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval
    - applaud, clap, acclaim
     
  5. [informal] Engage in a brief and petty quarrel
     
  6. Spawn
    "oysters spat"
     
  7. Clap one's hands together
    - clap
Verb: spit (spat,spitting)  spit
  1. Expel or eject (saliva or phlegm or sputum) from the mouth
    "The father of the victim spat at the alleged murderer";
    - spew [informal], spue [archaic]
     
  2. Utter with anger or contempt
    - spit out
     
  3. Drive a skewer through
    "spit the meat for the BBQ";
    - skewer
     
  4. [Brit] Rain gently
    "It has only spat, but the roads are slick";
    - sprinkle, spatter, patter, pitter-patter

Derived forms: spats, spatted, spatting

See also: spit up

Type of: altercate, argufy, attach, barney [Brit, informal], blue [Austral, NZ, informal], bust-up [informal], collide with, come down, cough out, cough up, ding-dong [Brit, informal], dispute, dustup [informal], dust-up, emit, expectorate, fall, gesticulate, gesture, hit, impact, impinge on, leg covering, legging, leging [non-standard], let loose, let out, motion, offspring, pin, precipitate, quarrel, rain, rain down, row[2], run into, run-in [informal], scrap, slanging match [Brit, informal], spawn, spit out, spit up, strike, utter, words, wrangle, young

Part of: Bivalvia, class Bivalvia, class Lamellibranchia, class Pelecypoda, Lamellibranchia

Encyclopedia: Spat

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