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spring for something

Slang definitions & phrases for spring for something


  1. To get out of or be released or escape from prison: The proprietor knew how to ''spring'' them, that is, get them out of jail/ When's he springing? (1900+ Underworld)
  2. To reveal or do something as a surprise • Very often used with on: John L Lewis is preparing to spring a dramatic move/ If we spring it on them suddenly they won't know how to react (1876+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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