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spring back

1. Literally, to recoil, rebound, or leap back to an original position or location. When you release this little lever, the handle springs back to a neutral position. The cat sprang back when I started walking toward it. I sprang back to my spot when I noticed my teacher looking in our direction.
2. To recover completely from illness or injury very quickly. I'm sorry to hear you're so run down with the flu—I hope you spring back soon! I was amazed at how quickly my mom sprang back from her hip replacement.
See also: back, spring

spring back (to some place)

to jump, bounce, or recoil back to a place. The cat sprang back to its original place on the top of the table. The lid sprang back to a closed position.
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spring back

v.
To recover quickly and completely: The softball player sprang back quickly after her injury.
See also: back, spring
References in classic literature ?
He saved himself by springing back, the jaws snapping together a scant six inches from his thigh.
Yet he faced his foemen with dauntless courage, dashing in, springing back, sure-footed, steady-handed, with a point which seemed to menace three at once.
Then Ponta lashed out, savagely, right and left, and Joe escaped by springing back. Like a projectile, Ponta hurled himself after him and upon him.
The son of Tydeus having thrown his spear dashed in among the foremost fighters, to the place where he had seen it strike the ground; meanwhile Hector recovered himself and springing back into his chariot mingled with the crowd, by which means he saved his life.
Meanwhile, the hotel seems to be springing back to life as a feisty singer (Angela Bassett) livens things up a bit in the ballroom.
But some concerns have been raised that it could slow down the housing market, which has been springing back into life over the last year, as the industry adjusts.
TIM Vaughan's string are showing signs of springing back into life - a fact highlighted by the easy victory of Midnight Diamond in the Roflow Handicap Hurdle at Sedgefield.
She added her body will have no problem springing back into shape, saying to Us Weekly magazine: "I know my body will go back again!" (ANI)
4 : to move quickly by or as if by stretching and springing back <The lid sprang shut.>
There are signs the downtown is springing back to life with new retail, upscale apartments and a strong arts and entertainment culture after a moribund period in the late 1990s.
It doesn't act as a diving board would, springing back to its resting position and then cycling up and down with diminishing amplitude.
Scotland is apparently still springing back from being crushed in the last Ice Age and is rising at the rate of two millimetres a year, while the South-East is sinking.
Their psyches can be equally damaged after years of repression, although they seem to be springing back quickly.
2-8), with receipts for the 27 shows springing back 11.6% to $10,575,470, and attendance jumping 7.7% to 213,946.
They act like shock absorbers, compressing up to 200 mm on impact and then springing back. What's more, the cost of a plastic Bullbar is 30-50% less than a metal one, Retallick says.