spare tire

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spare tire (plural spare tires)

  1. (North America) An extra wheel or tire carried as a replacement in case of a flat.
  2. (North America, idiomatic) Excess weight or fat accumulated near the waist.

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  • Spare tire is generally a misnomer, as almost all vehicles actually carry an entire wheel with a tire mounted on it as a spare.

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