Synonyms for mainspring
- basic idea
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MAINSPRING
Perhaps this had originally been the mainspring of the understanding between them.
How's she goin' to cock that gun, an' the mainspring fifteen pounds resistance?'
That need is the mainspring of life, the key to heaven, and the root of all evil.
The words were an echo of those which formed the mainspring of the Admiral's life.
For that was really the mainspring of her fantastic actions.
You see, the mainspring of her nature must have been vanity.
Love must always be the mainspring of life and honour its loftiest ideal.
But, losing her brother, the mainspring of her life seemed broken.
The navy was the mainspring of Victoria in more ways than one.
Mentally he was wondering if this was the mainspring of conduct in all women.