spring to (one's) feet

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spring to (one's) feet

To quickly or abruptly assume a standing position. The kids sprang to their feet the moment I walked in the room, so I knew they were up to something bad. We all sprang to our feet to applaud the amazing performance.
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spring to one's feet

Fig. to stand up quickly. He sprang to his feet and demanded that the chair recognize him. The audience sprang to its feet and cheered madly when the soprano finished.
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Don Quixote sprang to his feet, and drawing his sword, began making passes at the grating, shouting out, "Avaunt, malignant enchanters!
Once within the house the man sprang to his feet, closed the door, and revealed to the astonished farmer the fierce face and resolute expression of Jefferson Hope.
The instant that their footsteps had died away in the distance, Jefferson Hope sprang to his feet, and helping his companions through the gap, led the way across the fields at the top of his speed, supporting and half-carrying the girl when her strength appeared to fail her.
The former magician, with a cry of joy, sprang to his feet, looked at himself in wonder, and then fell back in his chair and watched the Wizard with fascinated interest.
Gerald, who had been watching her, sprang to his feet.
There is only one, and that is the white man who has led us for the past few days," and Busuli sprang to his feet, and with uplifted spear and half-bent, crouching body commenced to dance slowly about Tarzan, chanting in time to his steps: "Waziri, king of the Waziri; Waziri, killer of Arabs; Waziri, king of the Waziri."
As the excitement waxed the ape-man sprang to his feet and joined in the wild ceremony.
Instantly the fellow sprang to his feet with a cry and levelled his revolver at the intruder.
The old man sprang to his feet and his voice shook with excitement.
Enoch Robinson sprang to his feet and ran to the window that looked down into the deserted main street of Winesburg.
He sprang to his feet, waving his fists and wheezing like an asthmatic.
Kyle Owens followed up but the keeper sprang to his feet to again deny the Crues via the woodwork, flicking the ball on to his right hand post.
At this point, a furious Wekesa sprang to his feet and charged at Barasa.
At the sound of our steps he glanced round and sprang to his feet with a cry of pleasure.