spring a leak


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spring a leak

To suddenly begin leaking liquid or gas into or out of a vessel. The tire is already flat, even though I just pumped it back up—it must have sprung a leak. By the time we realized we had sprung a leak, there was already two feet of water at the bottom of the boat. If any of these containers spring a leak, it'll be very costly to repair.
See also: leak, spring
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spring a leak

(of a boat or container) develop a leak.
The expression was originally a nautical one, referring to the timbers of a wooden ship springing out of position and so letting in water.
See also: leak, spring
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spring a ˈleak

(of a boat, roof, container, etc.) start to let water in: The boat sprang a leak halfway across the lake.
See also: leak, spring
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

spring a leak

To starting leak a fluid suddenly: The boat sprang a leak. My balloon has sprung a leak.
See also: leak, spring
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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