spring at (someone or something)

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spring at (someone or something)

1. To leap or pounce in the direction of someone or something. The attacker sprang at her, but she managed to incapacitate him with a punch to the throat. The cat sprang at the curtains and got its claws stuck in them.
2. To choose or avail of someone or something with great alacrity or enthusiasm. I sprang at the opportunity to work with one of my favorite musicians. Online dating is actually a great way to meet new people, but you need to be prudent when it comes to actually setting up dates—don't just spring at every person who sends you a request.
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spring at someone or something

to jump at someone or something. The cat sprang at me but could not sink in its claws. The spider sprang at the moth and captured it.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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