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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This speech so pleased the other Members of the convention that, actuated by a magnanimous impulse, they sprang to their feet and left the hall.
His brown face looked so savage, and his gaunt hands so threatening, that his visitors sprang to their feet and beat a hurried retreat.
As I passed the flank of the waiting green men they saw my eyes turned upon them, and in an instant, knowing that all secrecy was at an end, those nearest me sprang to their feet in an effort to cut me off before I could reach the gate.
"The cyclist clattered to the ground further down the road but quickly sprang to their feet and shouted something at the pedestrian as they took a step towards the pedestrian who lay on the ground.
Witness David Callan said in a statement read to the Old Bailey: "The cyclist clattered to the ground further down the road but quickly sprang to their feet and shouted something at the pedestrian."
Others sprang to their feet with chants of "No TPP!" when he started railing against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal he opposed throughout his campaign.
Urging the crowd to sit down (it gave those up the back a brief chance to see what was happening onstage), on the count of 1-2-3-4, everyone sprang to their feet with perfect timing.
it was clear everyone had been waiting eagerly for him to take to the stage as the crowd dumped the umbrellas and sprang to their feet as he started playing classics like Let it Go and When We Were On Fire.
Nearly 500 audience members sprang to their feet for a standing ovation as Breast Cancer Care Cymru's fashion show reached a poignant climax.
The London 2012 team, dressed in their wrinkle-free designer tan suits, sprang to their feet and beamed.
De Burgh and his wife Diane sprang to their feet as the win was announced.
Now I have a year of excitement, travel and working for various charities to look forward to.''Her proud parents,de Burgh and his wife Diane, sprang to their feet as their daughter was announced as the winner of the competition.
NCP-UML members of the parliament sprang to their feet when Speaker Ramchandra Poudel allowed discussion of the bill on Thursday.
As the hollow tattoo became more urgent, the dancers sprang to their feet, but it gradually became more apparent that the two young men were reining in their energy.
The whole of the Barry bench sprang to their feet and rushed onto the pitch to celebrate, but it could have been different had Lido taken one of two late chances with the score at 0-0.