the spirit moves (one)

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the spirit moves (one)

One feels inclined or compelled to do something. Typically preceded by "as," "if," or "when." Laura's grades are so bad because she only comes to class as the spirit moves her. I usually stay home on weekends, but I'll go out if the spirit moves me.
See also: move, spirit

the spirit moves someone

someone feels inclined to do something.
This was a phrase originally used by Quakers, with reference to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
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We sit side by side at one computer and the keyboard goes back and forth as the spirit moves us. Neither of us remembers how we devised this method, but it works for us, so we go with it.
FACE IT: IN THIS ECONOMY, SOME of us can't simply run off to Acapulco whenever the spirit moves us. Here's a cheaper option: Take a trip on film.
We can either dance or roughhouse around the living room as the spirit moves us. We talk together about anything under the sun, read books, draw, study arthmetic, even go shopping together.
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