If you go on a spree, you go a little wild, indulging in some activity in an unrestrained way. You might go on a cupcake spree every year on your birthday, eating as many cupcakes as you can.

Following your impulses and giving in to them — rather than resisting or limiting them — is one way to go on a spree. It can be a dancing spree, in which you dance all night long, or a shopping spree, in which you max out your credit card at the mall. The original slang meaning, and one that's still used today, is "a drinking bout," and it may be rooted in the French word esprit, "lively wit."

Definitions of spree
  1. noun
    a brief indulgence of your impulses
    synonyms: fling
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    spending spree
    a brief period of extravagant spending
    type of:
    decadence, intemperance, intemperateness, self-indulgence
    excess in action and immoderate indulgence of bodily appetites, especially in passion or indulgence
  2. verb
    engage without restraint in an activity and indulge, as when shopping
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    type of:
    gratify, indulge, pander
    yield (to); give satisfaction to
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