1. (Also in plural: spoils) Plunder taken from an enemy or victim.
  2. Material (such as rock or earth) removed in the course of an excavation, or in mining or dredging. Tailings.


  1. To strip (someone who has been killed or defeated) of their arms or armour.
  2. To strip or deprive (someone) of their possessions; to rob, despoil.
  3. To plunder, pillage (a city, country etc.).
  4. To carry off (goods) by force; to steal.
  5. To ruin; to damage (something) in some way making it unfit for use.
  6. To ruin the character of, by overindulgence; to coddle or pamper to excess.
  7. Of food, to become bad, sour or rancid; to decay.
    Make sure you put the milk back in the fridge, otherwise it will spoil.
  8. To render (a ballot paper) invalid by deliberately defacing it.
  9. To reveal the ending of (a story etc.); to ruin (a surprise) by exposing it ahead of time.

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