spring a surprise

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Definition of spring a surprise

: to do, ask, or say something that is not expected Everyone knows she's not likely to spring a surprise. The teacher sprang a surprise on us and gave a quiz.

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“Spring a surprise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spring%20a%20surprise. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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