Officially the games cost $2.2 billion, compared with an original estimate of $1.6 billion. Beijing also spent $40 billion on preparing its infrastructure and cleaning up the environment. But China’s secretive budgeting system makes it impossible to verify these figures. Chinese officials say the infrastructure had to be built anyway and that spending was in line with that of previous host cities. But the impression given was of little expense spared.
By JUDY BATTISTA
reason to cheer, Champs?
The Saints, long associated with losing and disappointing their fans, defeated Peyton Manning and the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV and gave New Orleans a reason to cheer.
v., spared, spar·ing, spares. v.tr.
- To refrain from treating harshly; treat mercifully or leniently.
- To refrain from harming or destroying.
- To save or relieve from experiencing or doing (something): spared herself the trouble of going.
- To hold back from; withhold or avoid: spared no expense for the celebration.
- To use with restraint: Don't spare the mustard.
- To give or grant out of one's resources; afford: Can you spare ten minutes?
- To be frugal.
- To refrain from inflicting harm; be merciful or lenient.
- Kept in reserve: a spare part; a spare pair of sneakers.
- Being in excess of what is needed; extra. See synonyms at superfluous.
- Free for other use; unoccupied: spare time.
- Not lavish, abundant, or excessive: a spare diet.
- Lean and trim. See synonyms at lean2.
- Not profuse or copious.
- A replacement, especially a tire, reserved for future need.
- The act of knocking down all ten pins with two successive rolls of a bowling ball.
- The score so made.
- In addition to what is needed: We paid our bills and had money to spare.