To spring a leak
Spring Spring (spr[i^]ng), v. t. 1. To cause to spring up; to start or rouse, as game; to cause to rise from the earth, or from a covert; as, to spring a pheasant. [1913 Webster]

2. To produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; as, to spring a surprise on someone; to spring a joke. [1913 Webster]

She starts, and leaves her bed, and springs a light. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The friends to the cause sprang a new project. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

3. To cause to explode; as, to spring a mine. [1913 Webster]

4. To crack or split; to bend or strain so as to weaken; as, to spring a mast or a yard. [1913 Webster]

5. To cause to close suddenly, as the parts of a trap operated by a spring; as, to spring a trap. [1913 Webster]

6. To bend by force, as something stiff or strong; to force or put by bending, as a beam into its sockets, and allowing it to straighten when in place; -- often with in, out, etc.; as, to spring in a slat or a bar. [1913 Webster]

7. To pass over by leaping; as, to spring a fence. [1913 Webster]

8. To release (a person) from confinement, especially from a prison. [colloquial] [PJC]

{To spring a butt} (Naut.), to loosen the end of a plank in a ship's bottom.

{To spring a leak} (Naut.), to begin to leak.

{To spring an arch} (Arch.), to build an arch; -- a common term among masons; as, to spring an arch over a lintel.

{To spring a rattle}, to cause a rattle to sound. See {Watchman's rattle}, under {Watchman}.

{To spring the luff} (Naut.), to ease the helm, and sail nearer to the wind than before; -- said of a vessel. --Mar. Dict.

{To spring a mast} or {To spring a spar} (Naut.), to strain it so that it is unserviceable. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To spring a leak — Leak Leak (l[=e]k), n. [Akin to D. lek leaky, a leak, G. leck, Icel. lekr leaky, Dan. l[ae]k leaky, a leak, Sw. l[ a]ck; cf. AS. hlec full of cracks or leaky. Cf. {Leak}, v.] 1. A crack, crevice, fissure, or hole which admits water or other fluid …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To spring a butt — Spring Spring (spr[i^]ng), v. t. 1. To cause to spring up; to start or rouse, as game; to cause to rise from the earth, or from a covert; as, to spring a pheasant. [1913 Webster] 2. To produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; as, to spring a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To spring a mast — Spring Spring (spr[i^]ng), v. t. 1. To cause to spring up; to start or rouse, as game; to cause to rise from the earth, or from a covert; as, to spring a pheasant. [1913 Webster] 2. To produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; as, to spring a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To spring a rattle — Spring Spring (spr[i^]ng), v. t. 1. To cause to spring up; to start or rouse, as game; to cause to rise from the earth, or from a covert; as, to spring a pheasant. [1913 Webster] 2. To produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; as, to spring a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To spring a spar — Spring Spring (spr[i^]ng), v. t. 1. To cause to spring up; to start or rouse, as game; to cause to rise from the earth, or from a covert; as, to spring a pheasant. [1913 Webster] 2. To produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; as, to spring a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spring a leak — To become leaky • • • Main Entry: ↑leak spring a leak To begin to leak • • • Main Entry: ↑spring * * * spring a leak phrase if a container or a boat springs a leak , it cracks or breaks so that water or other liquid can get in or out …   Useful english dictionary

  • spring a leak — ► spring a leak (of a boat or container) develop a leak. [ORIGIN: originally in nautical use, referring to timbers springing out of position.] Main Entry: ↑spring …   English terms dictionary

  • Spring a Leak — Infobox Album Name = Spring A Leak Type = compilation Artist = The Lucksmiths Released = 2007 Recorded = Genre = Indie pop Length = Label = Lost Lonesome Producer = Reviews = *Pitchfork Media (7.8/10) [http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record …   Wikipedia

  • spring a leak — {v. phr.} 1. To develop a hole (said of boats) through which water can enter, threatening the boat to sink. * /When our small boat sprang a leak, we rapidly returned to shore to fix it./ 2. To be threatened by some oncoming danger. * /Our firm… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • spring a leak — {v. phr.} 1. To develop a hole (said of boats) through which water can enter, threatening the boat to sink. * /When our small boat sprang a leak, we rapidly returned to shore to fix it./ 2. To be threatened by some oncoming danger. * /Our firm… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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