1. Of a liquid or gas, to rise up (into something) very quickly in a burst or gush. A gust of wind sent the smoke surging up into the air. Water surged up my nose as I plunged into the ice-cold lake.
2. Of an emotion, to swell or strengthen within one. I could feel my anger surging up as I listened to the harrowing story. Happiness surged up within me thinking about my wonderful fiancée.
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to rush or gush upwards. A spring of fresh water surged up under the stone and flowed out on the ground. The oil surged up and blew out into the open air in a tall black column.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.