spring up(redirected from sprang ups)
1. To rise up very quickly and suddenly. Tommy sprang up from behind the sofa to surprise me. Our heads all sprang up when the boss mentioned potential layoffs.
2. To appear, arise, or become available very suddenly. Problems started springing up as soon as the software went live. The next page should spring up in a moment, just give it a second to load. Cafés and boutique shops have been springing up all over this part of town in recent months.
to appear or develop suddenly; to sprout, as with a seedling. We knew it was really spring when all the flowers sprang up. It seems as if the tulips sprang up overnight. The dog's ears sprang up when the refrigerator opened.
1. To move suddenly upward on or as if on a spring: The box opened and the puppet sprang up. The contestants sprang up from the crowd when their names were called.
2. To appear or come into being quickly: New shopping malls were springing up rapidly on what was once farmland.