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on/at the spur of the moment

Definition of on/at the spur of the moment

  1. :  immediately without planning <We decided on the spur of the moment to go to the beach.>



Word by Word Definitions

spurplay
  1. :  a pointed device secured to a rider's heel and used to urge on the horse

    :  recognition and reward for achievement

    :  a goad to action :  stimulus

  1. :  to urge (a horse) on with spurs

    :  to incite to action or accelerated growth or development :  stimulate

    :  to put spurs on

momentplay
  1. :  a minute portion or point of time :  instant

    :  a comparatively brief period of time

    :  present time


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