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.
SPRING CLEANING: RHP Felipe Lira and LHP Paul Spoljaric tee it up this spring for the fifth starter's role.
The new system has been designed to more effectively capture the water that flows naturally from the spring for bottling in its pure state.
The result is a spring rate that is lower than that of a stiff Belleville washer, but significantly higher than the spring rate of a coil spring for an equal amount of deflection.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is predicting a busy spring for termites, cockroaches, rodents and ants in the southeast.
Experience all the elements of spring for only $40 per person, per night.