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.
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.”
To be lively, joyful and enthusiastic.
“With the exams now over, Lynda certainly has a spring in her step.”
A person who is young.
“My father always says I know nothing because I am just a spring chicken.”
To start or appear suddenly.
“Once the harbour waterfront renovation is finished, you’ll see all sorts of eateries spring up in the area.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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?”
To fund or pay for something.
“After we won the match, the sponsors said they would spring for new uniforms for every team member.”
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.”
Appear unexpectedly; pop up.
“These shoppers just seem to be springing from nowhere and buying up all the toilet paper.”
To be very happy.
“It’s hard to be full of the joys of spring with all that’s going on today.”