spring into/to action/life

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Definition of spring into/to action/life

: to become suddenly very active and energetic
  • They sprang into action as soon as they received their orders.
  • The crowd sprang to life after the first goal was scored.

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

action play
  1. : a thing done : deed

  2. : the accomplishment of a thing usually over a period of time, in stages, or with the possibility of repetition

  3. : behavior, conduct

life play
  1. : the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body

  2. : a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings

  3. : an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism (see metabolism 1), growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction

  1. : of or relating to animate being

  2. : lifelong

  3. : using a living model


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