forspend

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English forspenden, from Old English forspendan (to spend up, give out, squander, consume), equivalent to for- +‎ spend.

Verb[edit]

forspend (third-person singular simple present forspends, present participle forspending, simple past and past participle forspent)

  1. (transitive) To spend up; spend completely; exhaust, as by overexertion.
    a painful march, Through twenty hours of night and day prolong'd, Forspent the British troops. ― Southey.

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