Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(on the) spur of the moment

spur of the momenton the spur of the moment
Meaning(s)
1) without planning, on impulse
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • do sth/make a decision on the spur of the moment
  • Analysis
    To do something on the spur of the moment is to do something spontaneously, without advance planning or to act on impulse. This is an idiomatic expression used in both social and professional contexts. "His spur of the moment decision to invest made him hundreds of euro."
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. I didn't really think about it. I just did it on the spur of the moment.
    2. Tom hadn't planned on doing a parachute jump. It was a spur of the moment decision.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Planning involves making informed decisions about how to act based on data, not making spur of the moment decisions.
    2. Some of the most profitable financial decisions have been made on the spur of the moment. 
    3. Some began selling their shares on the spur of the moment when shares began to fall.
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