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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SPRING

There was another debate over Spring, who had followed his master as usual.

"The spring has gotten a strangle-hold on my judgment," he said to himself.

But spring is not all of life, nor what at once chiefly concerns us.

And still more of this belated spring will gladden the eye in the florist's window.

It must not be supposed that this spring day in the spring places had reformed his manner of delivery.

The unfermented wine of another spring day came to his eager nostrils.

This is the first good spring since leaving the settled districts.

The feed is good a mile down from the spring, although it is very old and dry.

Followed up the gully about a mile, and came to a small spring, and camped.

Barlee Spring is in longitude about 127 degrees 22 minutes East.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English springan "to leap, burst forth, fly up" (class III strong verb; past tense sprang, past participle sprungen), from Proto-Germanic *sprenganan (cf. Old Norse, Old Frisian springa, Middle Dutch springhen, Old High German springan, German springen), from PIE *sprengh- "rapid movement" (cf. Sanskrit sprhayati "desires eagerly," Greek sperkhesthai "to hurry").

In Middle English, it took on the role of causal sprenge, from Old English sprengan (as still in to spring a trap, etc.). Slang meaning "to pay" (for a treat, etc.) is recorded from 1906. Meaning "to announce suddenly" (usually with on) is from 1876. Meaning "to release" (from imprisonment) is from 1900.

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