spring to (one's) defense

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spring to (one's) defense

To begin defending one very quickly or abruptly. I appreciate the thought, but I don't need you springing to my defense every time someone starts arguing with me. Thankfully, a group of people in the bar sprang to her defense when the man started assaulting her. The boss singled out Jonathan when he started criticizing the progress of the project, so I sprang to his defense.
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spring to someone's defense

Fig. to go quickly to defend someone. (Can be against physical or verbal attack.) Fred was attacked and Ralph sprang to his defense. We sprang to Mary's defense when she was accused of doing wrong.
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But Wenger sprang to his defence claiming he does not regret the deal and insisting fans should stop making Ozil a scapegoat.
He said: "It was not Tommy, but myself and some of the other 'flea-infested rats' who sprang to his defence."
Fans and former Liverpool players yesterday sprang to his defence.
PRINCE Harry's former nanny sprang to his defence last night over his Nazi uniform blunder.
ALEC STEWART'S supporters sprang to his defence last night after cricket's top bung-buster Sir Paul Condon went public with an attack on him.
The jockey came under fire from some quarters after he got touched off on Glitter Isle in last Saturday's Mildmay, Cazalet Chase at Sandown, but trainer Josh Gifford sprang to his defence last night.
Last month, following a concerted Conservative attack on 1 Mr Robinson in the Commons, the Prime Minister sprang to his defence, insisting that the tax-reforming minister had been neither hypocritical, less than frank nor involved in a conflict of interest.
But Wenger sprang to his defence, claiming his price tag is not important, he does TURN TO PAGE 62 FROM BACK PAGE not regret the deal and insisting fans should stop making Ozil a scapegoat.
THE widow of one of the two Labour MPs accused of spying for Russia sprang to his defence yesterday, claiming he worked for British intelligence instead.
THE wife of a Government minister accused of being drunk at an overseas reception sprang to his defence last night.