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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SPRING UP

Some other novelty will spring up one day, and you will be released.

In this way the habit of happy thought may be made to spring up like any other habit.

They might spring up anywhere at any moment, and choke the life that was dearer to her than her own.

Courage will spring up in its place, and grow the greater the longer we lie hid.

A new condition of things will spring up, of that I am convinced.

It does not follow that every seed will spring up: it is not so in the natural world.

We do not know from which direction these people are likely to spring up.

Meanwhile, houses below them seemed to spring up as if by magic.

Their only fear was that a breeze might spring up, and that the enemy might escape them.

They are men toys, not baby toys, so they must spring up men.

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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