Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

spring up

spring up
Meaning(s)
1) appear suddenly
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • something has sprung up
  • Analysis
     'Spring up' is a phrasal verb meaning something that began to exist suddenly or quickly. "A close friendship sprung up between them." "A dangerous movement sprang up after the incident." You can hear this by the verb used in casual and professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Sorry, I won't be able to make it to the cinema this evening. Something has sprung up.
    2. Weeds in my garden seem to spring up overnight. I can't seem to ever get rid of them!
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. High demand has meant that new coffee shops have been springing up all over Dublin. Now you can't walk five minutes without seeing one.
    2. Some large corporations supply white boards around the building so that even when an idea springs up in the canteen, employees have the ability to work it out.
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