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 Spanker (A).Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Spanking.
 
Large, rapid, strong; as a “spanking big fellow,” a “spanking speed,” a “spanking breeze.” A nautical term. (See above.)   1
 


 Spanker (A).Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child. 

 
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