Now that the clocks have gone forward, I think it’s safe to say that spring has well and truly arrived. Even if the weather here in the UK doesn’t appear to have received the memo!
Not surprisingly, a blog post about spring idioms and sayings ‘sprung to mind’ as an obvious addition to my idioms series.
I knew there would be quite a few spring idioms, but didn’t realise just how many we have in the English language.
Only a few of these expressions are in fact related to the season – most are linked to the verb spring or the coiled device – but they are all ‘spring-like’ nonetheless.
Spring idioms uncoiled
Full of the joys of spring = very happy and enthusiastic
No spring chicken = a person who’s not exactly young anymore
Spring a leak = develop a leak (originally a phrase in nautical use, referring to timbers springing out of position)
Spring back = recover quickly and completely
Spring clean = thoroughly clean a place, especially in springtime
Spring fever = feeling of restlessness experienced by many people at the onset of spring
Spring for something = treat someone by paying for something
Spring (forth) from someone or something = gush out of someone or something
Spring in one’s step = someone who looks happy and full of energy
Spring into action = do something quickly and with energy
Spring something on someone = surprise someone with something; pull a trick on someone
Spring to mind = immediately think of someone or something
Spring to one’s feet = stand up quickly
Spring to someone’s defence = go quickly to defend someone
Spring to life = become suddenly alive or active
Which of these spring idioms and phrases is your favourite? Mine is the ‘spring chicken’, even if I can’t exactly claim to be one! Do you have any others to share?
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