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spring up like mushrooms

To increase in number suddenly and rapidly (as mushrooms often do). Even though I'm constantly tending to my garden, the weeds just spring up like mushrooms nonetheless. I thought I only had a transmission problem, but other issues with the car are now springing up like mushrooms.
See also: like, mushroom, spring, up

spring to mind

To suddenly or immediately appear, materialize, or come to the forefront in one's mind. A: "What would you like to have for dinner?" B: "I'm not sure, nothing's really springing to mind." When it comes to crime thrillers, he's not a writer who springs to most people's minds, but his books are edgy, brilliant page turners.
See also: mind, spring

spring to life

1. To become lively or active. I'm not one of those people who just springs to life when the 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 once I started writing it down—I'd been thinking about it for years.
See also: life, 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.
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References in classic literature ?
In a moment he was standing in the boat's stern, and the Manilla men were springing to their oars.
Seeing the throng, Marija abandoned precipitately the debate concerning the ancestors of her coachman, and, springing from the moving carriage, plunged in and proceeded to clear a way to the hall.
With wild cries and desperate energy she leaped to another and still another cake; stumbling--leaping--slipping-- springing upwards again
Associations formed elsewhere, springing from a feeling of humanity, or any other cause, have nothing whatever to do with it.
If I seem to be springing this evidence upon the court, I offer as my justification for this, that I did not discover its existence until late last night, and have been engaged in examining and classifying it ever since, until half an hour ago.
Then came the "woodsy bit," with her feet pressing the slippery carpet of brown pine needles; the "woodsy bit" so full of dewy morning, surprises,--fungous growths of brilliant orange and crimson springing up around the stumps of dead trees, beautiful things born in a single night; and now and then the miracle of a little clump of waxen Indian pipes, seen just quickly enough to be saved from her careless tread.