• WordNet 3.6
    • v spree engage without restraint in an activity and indulge, as when shopping
    • n spree a brief indulgence of your impulses
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most expensive painting ever sold at auction was Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Vincent van Gogh. On May 15, 1990, Ryoei Saito paid $75 million for it. He followed up that spending spree by paying the second-highest price ever, $71 million for Au Moulin de la Galette by Pierre Auguste Renoir, just two days later.
    • n Spree sprē A merry frolic; especially, a drinking frolic; a carousal.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spree A lively frolic; a prank.
    • n spree A bout or season of drinking to intoxication; a fit of drunkenness.
    • n spree Synonyms Revel, Debauch, etc. See carousal.
    • spree To go on a spree; carouse: often with an indefinite it: as, to spree it for a week.
    • spree Spruce; gay.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Spree sprē a merry frolic: a drunken bout
    • v.i Spree to carouse
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  • Rudyard Kipling
    “Gentleman-rankers out on the spree, damned from here to Eternity.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Ir. spre, a spark, animation, spirit, Gael. spraic,. Cf. Sprack


In literature:

Now, Mr Simple, what do you think of that for a spree?
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
He has gone on a spree, taking one of his nuggets with him to pay the cost.
"Klondike Nuggets" by E. S. Ellis
Spandau, eight miles west of Berlin, at the junction of the Spree with the Havel, has much historical and military interest.
"In and Around Berlin" by Minerva Brace Norton
"Blue Lights" by R.M. Ballantyne
And so they walk into cages, and upon recovering from their spree find themselves shut up for life.
"Chums of the Camp Fire" by Lawrence J. Leslie
This is situated on the bank of the Spree across the square from the Royal Schloss in Berlin.
"Face to Face with Kaiserism" by James W. Gerard
They had had their spree.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
The men, their heads whirling with the anticipated delights of a spree, would indignantly champion their new friend.
"Blazed Trail Stories" by Stewart Edward White
After a little more parleying they all went off to finish their "spree" elsewhere.
"A Woman who went to Alaska" by May Kellogg Sullivan
There are few wild animals down here, and no savages outside of some negroes who occasionally go on a spree and cut loose.
"The Rover Boys on Treasure Isle" by Edward Stratemeyer (AKA Arthur M. Winfield)

In poetry:

But mi mates nivver let me alooan,
Till aw joined i' ther frolics and spree,
An tho' Bessy went short, or had nooan,
Shoo wor kinder nor ivver to me.
"Lamentin' An Repentin'" by John Hartley
An ov coorse awd mi wife i' mi mind,
Shoo's a hot en, but then, what bi that!
For when on a spree aw'm inclined,
Aw could nivver get on baght awr Mat.
"A Pair O' Black Een" by John Hartley
Aw wor donn'd in a new suit o'clooas,
A cigar wor stuck under mi nooas,
Aw set aght for a spree,
An some frolics to see,
Full o' fun throo mi heead to mi tooas.
"Horton Tide" by John Hartley
Then we'll donce an be gay,
An we'll laff care away,
An we'll nivver sit broodin o'er sorrow,
An mi Dolly an me,
Ax yo all to a spree;
Come an donce at awr weddin to-morrow.
"Sol An' Doll" by John Hartley
But Constable Clark did not look very jolly,
He had no excuse for such absolute folly;
He admitted the girls were just out on a spree,
And hoped that His Worship would set them both free.
"The Maids of the Mountains" by Anonymous Oceania
The first in the chorus of songs that were sung,
The loudest that laughed at the jokes that were sprung,
The guest of the evening, the soul of the spree—
The daddy of all was O’Hara, J.P.
"O'Hara, J.P." by Henry Lawson

In news:

The Polysphonic Spree's Tim DeLaughter is taking it one single at a time.
Princeton University building spree includes new construction, renovation.
(AP) — The owner of a pellet gun authorities say was used in an exchange of gunfire with Rapid City police during a March crime spree has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
(AP) – The owner of a pellet gun authorities say was used in an exchange of gunfire with Rapid City police during a March crime spree has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
More than a dozen members of a Brooklyn gang were charged with terrorizing Crown Heights homes during a yearlong burglary spree, officials announced Wednesday.
Rusty Kennedy/Associated Press Billy King has vowed not to go on a spending spree now that he is the president and GM of the Nets.
Christa Glennie Seychew, from Buffalo Spree Magazine.
I guess plans for a massive shopping spree before the world ended Dec 21, 2012 — according to the Mayan calendar predictors — are off.
A killing spree in Afghanistan follows Quran-burning incident.
Discovery Communications has gone on a $2- billion spending spree in an effort to significantly boost its international presence.
"God Bless America" stars Tara Lynne Barr (above) and Joel Murray as an unlikely duo on a cross-country killing spree.
The Miami Marlins' spending spree a year ago didn't work, so now they're trying another payroll purge, shedding some of their biggest stars and their multimillion-dollar salaries in one blockbuster deal.
One lucky winner walked away with a $10,000 shopping spree View Gallery.
Win a Shopping Spree with Denise Plante at Town Center at Aurora.
Snedeker goes from bogey-free to bogey spree.

In science:

Salvi III, who was convicted of killing two people in a shooting spree on two abortion clinics in 1994, killed himself in prison.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization
Zhang deals with this problem by assuming that the generalized SPREE model (GSPREE) developed in Zhang and Chambers (2004) holds for the complete data (with no missingness).
New Important Developments in Small Area Estimation