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Spring into action

Episode 191129 / 29 Nov 2019

SPRING INTO ACTION

To spring into action means to start doing something quickly. This is often in response to a stimulus and after spending time waiting to start.

Example Sentences

  • As soon as we got the go-ahead we sprung into action and started work on the project. 
  • If you work as a security guard, you have to be ready to spring into action at any moment. 
  • Snakes wait quietly and then spring into action when they see their prey. 
  • My mother-in-law felt unwell when she tried to complete the marathon. As soon as she collapsed, the emergency team sprang into action, checking her blood pressure and giving her some water.

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