as/if/when the spirit moves you

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if the spirit moves (one)

If one feels compelled to do something. Laura's grades are so bad because she only comes to class if the spirit moves her. I usually stay home on weekends, but I'll go out if the spirit moves me.
See also: if, move, spirit
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(do something) as/if/when the spirit ˈmoves you

(do something) when you want to, rather than when you have to or are forced to: She works in the garden occasionally, when the spirit moves her.
See also: if, move, spirit
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