spring a surprise

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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.

Word by Word Definitions

spring play
  1. : dart, shoot

  2. : to be resilient or elastic

  3. : to become warped

  1. : a source of supply

  2. : an ultimate source especially of action or motion

  3. : spring tide

  1. : to fit with springs

surprise play
  1. : an attack made without warning

  2. : a taking unawares

  3. : something that surprises

  1. : to attack unexpectedly

  2. : to take unawares

  3. : to detect or elicit by a taking unawares


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