12 'eggcellent' spring phrases to add to your writing

  • Do you have spring fever? Know someone who is a spring chicken?
  • These idioms will make your writing more interesting
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These words and phrases will put a 'spring' in your step!

What a pity with all this virus kerfuffle we almost missed Easter and all its wonderful idioms. But, we still have spring fever at 'Young Post', so we’ll give you a dozen “eggcellent” ways to spice up your writing.

Spring fever

A feeling of restlessness; not being able to settle down and focus.

“It’s all well and good to get our lessons at home, but it’s not easy to study if you have spring fever.”

A spring in your step

To be lively, joyful and enthusiastic.

“With the exams now over, Lynda certainly has a spring in her step.”

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Spring chicken

A person who is young.

“My father always says I know nothing because I am just a spring chicken.”

Spring up

To start or appear suddenly.

“Once the harbour waterfront renovation is finished, you’ll see all sorts of eateries spring up in the area.”

Spring to mind

You suddenly remember something or start to think about it.

“If you asked me to name my favourite movie, so many spring to mind, it’s almost impossible.”

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Spring a leak

Used to say a ship or boat has suddenly got a hole in its hull that lets water in. But the expression can also be used in a very casual way to say one needs to go to the toilet.

“We were halfway across the river and the boat sprang a leak.”

Spring a surprise

The word “spring” gives the impression of surprise anyway, so this phrase is supposedly doubly surprising.

“I thought I would spring a surprise on John and bring his parents to his debut concert.”

Spring to your feet

To suddenly stand up, ready for action.

“You sit there, and when Miss Wong arrives, I want you to spring to your feet and introduce yourself, okay?”

Spring for something 

To fund or pay for something.

“After we won the match, the sponsors said they would spring for new uniforms for every team member.”

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Spring to someone’s defence

To quickly say or do something to help someone who is being criticised.

“If I was attacked, my dog would spring to my defence immediately.”

Spring from nowhere

Appear unexpectedly; pop up.

“These shoppers just seem to be springing from nowhere and buying up all the toilet paper.”

Full of the joys of spring

To be very happy.

“It’s hard to be full of the joys of spring with all that’s going on today.”