spring to (one's) defense

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spring to (one's) defense

To begin defending one very quickly or abruptly. I appreciate the thought, but I don't need you springing to my defense every time someone starts arguing with me. Thankfully, a group of people in the bar sprang to her defense when the man started assaulting her. The boss singled out Jonathan when he started criticizing the progress of the project, so I sprang to his defense.
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spring to someone's defense

Fig. to go quickly to defend someone. (Can be against physical or verbal attack.) Fred was attacked and Ralph sprang to his defense. We sprang to Mary's defense when she was accused of doing wrong.
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He's the last person you would expect to spring to his defence.
However, I must spring to his defence over the sending-off against Chelsea, as it was a perfect example of what is fundamentally wrong with modern football.
No doubt the glory hunter "supporters" who live outside Manchester will spring to his defence.
As long as you don't start off by accusing him, I don't think you'll excite her anger or make her spring to his defence.
He plays like a man carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders, and the least his club could have done is spring to his defence by warning off would-be suitors.
The six-year-old has been called some unflattering names in the past, but his handler was quick to spring to his defence after the gelding had passed the judge in front of Gay Breeze.