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1. Literally, to recoil, rebound, or leap back to an original position or location. When you release this little lever, the handle springs back to a neutral position. The cat sprang back when I started walking toward it. I sprang back to my spot when I noticed my teacher looking in our direction.
2. To recover completely from illness or injury very quickly. I'm sorry to hear you're so run down with the flu—I hope you spring back soon! I was amazed at how quickly my mom sprang back from her hip replacement.
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spring back (to some place)
to jump, bounce, or recoil back to a place. The cat sprang back to its original place on the top of the table. The lid sprang back to a closed position.
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To recover quickly and completely: The softball player sprang back quickly after her injury.
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