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, or lets it escape; as, a leak in a roof; a leak in a boat; a leak in a gas pipe. ``One leak will sink a ship.'' --Bunyan. [1913 Webster]

2. The entrance or escape of a fluid through a crack, fissure, or other aperture; as, the leak gained on the ship's pumps. [1913 Webster]

3. (Elec.) A loss of electricity through imperfect insulation; also, the point at which such loss occurs. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

4. an act of urinating; -- used mostly in the phrase

{take a leak}, i. e. to urinate. [vulgar] [PJC]

5. The disclosure of information that is expected to be kept confidential; as, leaks by the White House staff infuriated Nixon; leaks by the Special Prosecutor were criticized as illegal. [PJC]

{To spring a leak}, to open or crack so as to let in water; to begin to let in water; as, the ship sprung a leak. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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