Definition of spat:
confrontation, contention, flap, word, sole, whack, conflict, kickup, cleat, dispute, buffet, spats, insole, set-to, bootlaces, trouble, donnybrook, altercation, fight, rhubarb, a war of words, wrangle, clap, shoelace, punch, gaiter, box, pother, tizzy, bicker, disagreement, contretemps, battle royal, brawl, study at quarrel, flurry, stir, misunderstanding, tiff, dispute, fuss, quarrel, hail, slap, argument, controversy, polemic, bother, squabble, row, tangle, argy-bargy, hustle, chop, strike, swat, smack, clash, ado, smacker, applaud, heel, scrap, bickering, instep, acclaim, falling-out, attack, clip, run-in, debate, spank, cross fire, quarrel, cuff, bust, pettifoggery, herald, argle-bargle, bustle, dither, difficulty, lace, hassle, shoestring, imbroglio.
- "Watchbird", Robert Sheckley.
- "Frank Merriwell's Chums", Burt L. Standish.
But as he rose from the last round, and spat out the fragments of one or two broken teeth, he said things which filled the honourable and manly spirit of young Jervase with a terror to which he hardly dared to give a name.- "VC -- A Chronicle of Castle Barfield and of the Crimea", David Christie Murray.