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Etymology 1[edit]

Shortening of special adviser.


Alternative forms[edit]


spad ‎(plural spads)

  1. (politics, Britain, informal) A government adviser, often in a political or media role.
    • 2009, Ben Wright, Hidden world of the political advisers, BBC:
      A successful stint as a spad can be a crucial political apprenticeship - as many of the current crop of professional politicians including the Miliband brothers, David Cameron and George Osborne can testify - so long as they stay in the dark.
    • 2012, Avoid The Thick of It-style spad appointments, ministers told, The Guardian:
      The hit BBC sitcom satirising the inner workings of Whitehall and the so-called spads contains "more than a grain of truth", the head of the cross-party public administration select committee has warned.

Etymology 2[edit]


spad ‎(plural spads)

  1. (mining) A nail one or two inches long, of iron, brass, tin, or tinner iron, with a hole through the flattened head, used to mark stations in underground surveying.



spad m

  1. fallout