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spring to life

1. To become lively or active. I'm not one of those people who just springs to life when my alarm goes off—I need to start my day with a lot of coffee.
2. To come into existence. This idea didn't just spring to life when I started writing it down—I'd been thinking about it for years.
See also: life, spring

spring a/the trap

To initiate, instigate, or execute a plan to secretly or deceptively take advantage of someone or something. The undercover agent waited until money had been exchanged before springing the trap.
See also: spring, trap

spring to life

Fig. to become suddenly alive or more alive. The party sprang to life after midnight. The city sprang to life at dawn.
See also: life, spring


mod. tipsy; alcohol intoxicated. Ted was half-sprung and could hardly stand up.