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spoil

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In Texas, years ago, almost all of the oil came from surface operations. Then someone got the idea that there were greater sources of supply deeper down. A well was drilled five thousand feet deep. The result? A gusher. Too many of us operate on the surface. We never go deep enough to find supernatural resources. The result is, we never operate at our best. More time and investment is involved to go deep but a gusher will pay off.
Alfred A. Montapert
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Pronunciation

Etymology

From Old French espoillier, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] spoliare.

Verb

Infinitive
to spoil

Third person singular
spoils

Simple past
spoiled or spoilt

Past participle
-

Present participle
spoiling

to spoil (third-person singular simple present spoils, present participle spoiling, simple past and past participle spoiled or spoilt)
  1. (transitive) To ruin.
  2. (transitive) To coddle or pamper to excess.
  3. (intransitive) Of food, to become bad, sour or rancid.

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Noun

Singular
spoil

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

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