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    Spare with me

    Quite often when I call somewhere I hear (I’m not sure if I remember well): “spare with me”, I know what that person want to say (wait a minute, don’t disconnect, hang on), but I can’t find in a dictionary such an explanation, so I wonder if you could correct me whether what I often hear is “spare with me” or something different.


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    Re: Spare with me

    Possibly you have a mishearing: "Please bear with me" - please be patient while I check something/do something.

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    Re: Spare with me

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Possibly you have a mishearing: "Please bear with me" - please be patient while I check something/do something.
    Aha - that's where the 's' came from; I was going to chip in, but missed this.

    Incidentally, there are people (no names ) who feel that 'bear with' is best reserved for situations where the person providing a service is forced to offer a limited service: 'Please bear with us during the rebuilding'. The person offering the service has to bear something, and they ask for the customer's understanding of that inconvenience.

    [I am, of course, aware that the expression is often used more loosely now.]

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    Re: Spare with me

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Possibly you have a mishearing: "Please bear with me" - please be patient while I check something/do something.
    Yes, that must have been "bear with me".
    Thanks a lot.

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