spring to/into life/action

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spring into action

To begin doing something or become active suddenly and very quickly. Firefighters need to be able to spring into action at a moment's notice. If any movement is detected once this sensor is activated, the building's security measures will spring into action.
See also: action, spring

spring to life

1. To become lively or active. I'm not one of those people who just springs to life when my alarm goes off—I need to start my day with a lot of coffee.
2. To come into existence. This idea didn't just spring to life when I started writing it down—I'd been thinking about it for years.
See also: life, spring, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

spring into action

Fig. to suddenly begin moving or doing something. As soon as the boss came in the door, everyone sprang into action. Every morning, I jump out of bed and spring into action.
See also: action, spring

spring to life

Fig. to become suddenly alive or more alive. The party sprang to life after midnight. The city sprang to life at dawn.
See also: life, spring, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

spring to/into ˈlife/ˈaction

(of a person or thing) suddenly become active or start to work: As soon as he heard the alarm bell, he sprang into action.This machine will spring into life at the touch of a button.
See also: action, life, spring, to
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
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