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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SPRING OUT

Heaven knew what amount of insubordination might spring out of it!

"She's getting ready to spring out on us," he said to Frank.

At any moment a jaguar might spring out on us, so it was necessary to be ever on the watch.

But nothing that could spring out of any misconception of the ritual of our friend.

They were ready to spring out as soon as a landing was made.

Were you afraid that one of them might spring out on your comrade?

You look like a jack in the box—all coiled up ready to spring out.

"I was fortunate enough to spring out of the fire," answered the coal.

She wanted to spring out of bed, to run to her mother's room.

Then the nine huge cats were seen to spring out as if moved by one impulse, and launch themselves into the air.

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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