Ripon spurs. The best spurs were made at Ripon, in Yorkshire.
“If my spurs be not right Rippon.”
Ben Jonson: Staple of News.
The Battle of Spurs.
The battle of Guinnegate, fought in 1513, between Henry VIII. and
the Duc de Longueville. So called because the French used their spurs
in flight more than their swords in fight.
The Battle of the Spurs.
The battle of Courtrai, in 1302. So called because the victorious
Flemings gathered from the field more than 700 gilt spurs, worn by
French nobles slain in the fight.
To dish up the spurs.
In Scotland, during the times of the Border feuds, when any of the
great families had come to the end of their provisions the lady of the
house sent up a pair of spurs for the last course, to intimate that it
was time to put spurs to the horses and make a raid upon England for
“He dishes up the spurs in his helpless address, like one of the old
Border chiefs with an empty larder.” —The Daily Telegraph.
To win his spurs. To gain the rank of knighthood. When a man was
knighted, the person who dubbed him presented him with a pair of gilt
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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