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spring pronunciación
verb (past tense sprang or (US) sprung , past participle sprung , present participle springing )
1 intr to leap with a sudden launching action.
2 intr to move suddenly and swiftly, by or as if by the action of a spring sprang into action The bolt sprang back .
3 to set off (a trap, etc) suddenly.
4 to fit (eg a mattress) with springs.
5 (also spring something on someone) to present or reveal something suddenly and unexpectedly sprang the idea on me without warning .
6 slang to engineer the escape of (a prisoner) from jail.
7 to jump over something sprang the fence .
8 a intr said of wood or something wooden, eg a plank, mast, etc: to split, crack or become warped;
b to split, crack or warp (wood or something wooden, eg a plank, mast, etc).
9 to develop or originate an idea that had sprung from one of his students .
10 intr (spring up) to appear or come into being suddenly New houses sprang up .
a a metal coil that can be stretched or compressed, and which will return to its original shape, especially one used to turn a mechanism, eg in a clock, watch, etc;
b a similar device that is designed to absorb shock waves, eg in the shock absorbers of some motor vehicles, or to make seats, beds, etc comfortable and bouncy.
2 any place where water emerges from under ground.
3 a (also Spring) the season between winter and summer, when most plants begin to grow, and extending from about March to May in the N hemisphere and from about September to November in the S hemisphere. See also vernal.
b astron the period of the year between the spring equinox (see under equinox) and the summer solstice.
c an early stage of something in the spring of her career .
4 a sudden vigorous leap.
5 a the ability of a material to return rapidly to its original shape after a distorting force has been removed The elastic has lost its spring ;
b a lively bouncing or jaunty quality a spring in his step .
[Anglo-Saxon springan ]
springless adjective .
springlike adjective .
spring a leak said of a boat, bucket, etc: to develop a hole so that water can flow in or out.
spring to mind to come into someone's thoughts immediately or suddenly.

spring balance
noun a device that measures the weight of an object by gauging the extent of its downward pull on a large spring.

spring chicken
1 a very young chicken valued for its tender edible flesh.
2 colloq a young person.
no spring chicken no longer young.

spring equinox see under equinox

spring mattress
noun a type of mattress that is made up of a grid of connected spiral springs.

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verb (pulled , pulling )
1 tr & intr to grip something or someone strongly and draw or force it or them towards oneself; to tug or drag.
2 (also pull something out or up) to remove or extract (a cork, tooth, weeds, etc) with this action.
3 to operate (a trigger, lever or switch) with this action.
4 to draw (a trailer, etc).
5 to open or close (curtains or a blind).
6 (often pull something on someone) to produce (a weapon) as a threat to them.
7 a tr & intr to row;
b intr (often pull away, off, etc ) said of a boat: to be rowed or made to move in a particular direction.
8 to draw (beer, etc) from a cask by operating a lever.
9 intr
a said of a driver or vehicle: to steer or move (in a specified direction) pulled right ;
b said of a vehicle or its steering: to go or direct (towards a specified direction), usually because of some defect.
10 sport in golf, football, etc: to strike (a ball) incorrectly, causing it to veer away from its intended course.
11 cricket to hit (a short-pitched ball) in front of the wicket on the leg side.
12 to execute strokes with (an oar) in rowing.
13 intr said of an engine or vehicle: to produce the required propelling power.
14 (usu pull at or on something) to inhale and exhale smoke from (a cigarette, etc); to draw or suck at it.
15 to attract (a crowd, votes, etc).
16 to strain (a muscle or tendon).
17 printing to print (a proof).
18 tr & intr , slang to pick up (a sexual partner).
1 an act of pulling.
2 attraction; attracting force.
3 useful influence has some pull with the education department .
4 a drag at a pipe; a swallow of liquor, etc.
5 a tab, etc for pulling.
6 a stroke made with an oar.
7 printing a proof.
8 slang a sexual partner, especially a casual one.
[Anglo-Saxon pullian to pluck, draw or pull]
pull a fast one to trick or cheat someone.
pull something apart or to pieces
1 to rip or tear it; to reduce it to pieces.
2 to criticize it severely.
pull one's punches to be deliberately less hard-hitting than one might be.
pull the other one a dismissive expression used by the speaker to indicate that they are not being fooled by what has just been said.
pull someone up short
1 to check someone, often oneself.
2 to take them aback. Other idioms containing -pull- can be found under one of the other significant words, eg pull someone's leg is under leg.
pull ahead of or away from someone or something
1 to get in front of them or it; to gain a lead over them or it.
2 to leave them or it behind.
pull something back to withdraw it or make it withdraw or retreat.
pull something down to demolish (a building, etc).
pull in
1 said of a train: to arrive and halt at a station.
2 said of a driver or vehicle: to move to the side of the road.
pull someone in colloq to arrest them.
pull something in slang to make (money), especially a large amount.
pull something off colloq to arrange or accomplish it successfully pull off a deal .
pull something on to put on (an item of clothing) hastily.
pull out
1 to withdraw from combat, or from a competition, project, etc. See also pull-out.
2 intr said of a driver or vehicle: to move away from the kerb or into the centre of the road to overtake.
pull over said of a driver or vehicle: to move to the side of or off the road and stop.
pull round or through to recover from an illness.
pull together to work together towards a common aim; to co-operate.
pull up said of a driver, vehicle or horse: to stop.
pull someone up to criticize them or tell them off.
pull up on or with someone or something to catch up with or draw level with them or it.
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