spring for

spring for (something)

1. To pay for something expensive, especially as a treat for oneself or someone else. I decided to spring for the new video game as a reward to myself for doing so well on my exam. Janet is springing for a trip to Disney World for her family this summer.
2. To leap, dash, or dart toward something. I sprang for the door so that my wife wouldn't see the gift I was having delivered. The cat keeps springing for the dangling cord used to draw the blinds.
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spring for something

 and bounce for something
Sl. to treat someone by buying something. I'm bouncing for pizza. Any takers? Ralph sprang for drinks, and we all had a great time.
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spring for

Pay another's expenses, treat, as in I'll spring for the dinner this time. [Slang; c. 1900]
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spring for

v.
To pay for something: My boss offered to spring for lunch.
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References in classic literature ?
Four days later the grief-stricken mother herself went to the spring for water.
There were none of the signs of spring for which I used to watch in Virginia, no budding woods or blooming gardens.
One is the counterbalance spring for a garage door, where the load changes with door position.
As any experienced crew is keenly aware, a trouble spot in the Avenger is the spring for the M3P machine gun's remote charger.