To put a spoke in one's wheel, to thwart or obstruct one in the execution of some design.

(Spoke), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spoked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Spoking.] To furnish with spokes, as a wheel.

(Spo"ken) a. [p. p. of Speak.]

1. Uttered in speech; delivered by word of mouth; oral; as, a spoken narrative; the spoken word.

2. Characterized by a certain manner or style in speaking; — often in composition; as, a pleasant-spoken man.

Methinks you 're better spoken.

(Spoke"shave`) n. A kind of drawing knife or planing tool for dressing the spokes of wheels, the shells of blocks, and other curved work.

(Spokes"man) n.; pl. Spokesmen [Speak, spoke + man.] One who speaks for another.

He shall be thy spokesman unto the people.
Ex. iv. 16.

(Spo"li*ate) v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Spoliated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Spoliating ] [L. spoliatus, p. p. of spoliare spoil. See Spoil, v. t.] To plunder; to pillage; to despoil; to rob.

(Spo`li*a"tion) n. [L. spoliatio; cf. F. spoliation. See Spoil, v. t.]

1. The act of plundering; robbery; deprivation; despoliation.

Legal spoliation, which will impoverish one part of the community in order to corrupt the remainder.
Sir G. C. Lewis.

2. Robbery or plunder in war; especially, the authorized act or practice of plundering neutrals at sea.

3. (Eccl. Law) (a) The act of an incumbent in taking the fruits of his benefice without right, but under a pretended title. Blackstone.

(b) A process for possession of a church in a spiritual court.

4. (Law) Injury done to a document.

(Spo"li*a*tive) a. [Cf. F. spoliatif.] Serving to take away, diminish, or rob; esp. (Med.), serving to diminish sensibily the amount of blood in the body; as, spoliative bloodletting.

(Spoke) imp. of Speak.

(Spoke), n. [OE. spoke, spake, AS, spaca; akin to D. speek, LG. speke, OHG. speihha, G. speiche. &radic170. Cf. Spike a nail.]

1. The radius or ray of a wheel; one of the small bars which are inserted in the hub, or nave, and which serve to support the rim or felly.

2. (Naut.) A projecting handle of a steering wheel.

3. A rung, or round, of a ladder.

4. A contrivance for fastening the wheel of a vehicle, to prevent it from turning in going down a hill.

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