6. outburst, outbreak, eruption; burst of emotion, profusion, profusiveness, exuberance, bubbling over, enthusiasm, excitement; flare-up, blowup, temper tantrum, fit. sputter, v. 1. splutter, spew, discharge, spume, froth, foam; spit or spit out, emit, eject, shoot forth, come out; fly in all directions, spatter, spat, splatter, splash; spray, shower, diffuse, disperse, scatter, strew.
2. stammer, stutter, speak thickly, talk rapidly or incoherently, gibber, jabber, Inf. gibber-jabber. spy, n. 1. operative, secret agent, intelligence agent, undercover agent, Inf. spook, Fr. espion, SI. 007, FBI agent, G-man, CIA agent; double agent, informer, informant, Horse Racing, tout; detective, investigator, private detective or investigator, SI. private eye, Inf. sherlock, U.S. SI. gumshoe, Inf. sleuth, U.S. SI. dick; shadow, Inf. tail; scout, reconnoiterer.
-v. 2. Often spy on or upon watch secretly, observe, scout, reconnoiter, Inf. check out, SI. case; keep an eye on, shadow, follow, Inf. tail.
3. search for, seek, look for; scan, search, survey; explore, range or go over, scour, leave no stone unturned; examine closely, scrutinize, go over with a fine-tooth comb, inspect; investigate, Inf. check out, look into, probe.
4. discover, detect, find or find out, determine, figure out, come up with; hit upon or on, stumble upon, fall upon, come upon, light on or upon; trace or trace down, track down, Inf. scout out, ferret out, nose out, hunt down or out; root out, dig up, unearth, disinter, uncover, bring to light, smoke out, expose.
5. espy, catch sight of, glimpse, catch a glimpse of; sight, Inf. spot, recognize, identify; descry, make out, discern; see, view, set or lay eyes on, SI. get a load of, notice, note, remark. squab, adj. 1. fat, obese, corpulent, overweight, portly, pursy* Scot. fodgel; dumpy, stumpy, stubby, squat, squatty, squabby; chunky, lumpy, lumpish.
2. chubby, tubby, pudgy, Chiefly Brit, podgy, plump; round, rounded-out, rotund; fleshy, filled-out, well-fed, bouncing; ample, substantial, full.
3. stout, stodgy, thick, thickset; heavy, heavyset, stocky; beefy, brawny, burly, sturdy. squabble, v. 1. quarrel, row, altercate, spar, cross swords; argue, debate, dispute, bandy words, have words, Inf. pick a crow; disagree, differ, take exception to, contend, contest, make something of it, fall out, clash, be at odds, be at loggerheads; fight, spat, tiff, Brit. Archaic, brangle, wrangle, jangle, bicker, Obs. brabble.
-n. 2. quarrel, dispute, row, spar, wrangle, jangle, Obs. brabble; contention, controversy, disagreement, difference of opinion, argument, Inf. words, Scot. and North Eng. threap, Brit. Archaic. brangle; spat, tiff, Brit. Dial, fratch, Inf. run-in, Inf hassle, Inf. barney, falling-out, SI. blow-up; broil, embroilment, imbroglio, Inf. set-to, Scot. sturt, Scot. col-lieshangie; fight, brannigan, altercation, conflict, clash, Inf. dustup, U.S. SI. rhubarb, squad, n. company, platoon, squadron, troop, force, unit, section, Inf. outfit; band, Theat. troupe, crew, gang, pack; group, set, cluster, knot, cohort; party, league, alliance, federation, squalid, adj. 1. foul, filthy, mucky, feculent, slimy, smutty, grungy, dingy, mangy, ratty; dirty, grubby, soiled, unclean, unwashed, Rare, immund, Scot. ourie; repulsive, offensive, rank, reeking, odious, horrid, nasty.
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