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|past tense||sprang or sprung|
The young man turned to hit him, but Corbett sprang back.
Roberts kept springing to his feet to shout at the referee.
Tears sprang to his eyes as he thought of Helen.
As they drove further down the road, two old barns sprang into view.
A powerful underground movement sprang into existence, led by the Socialists.
This is the American English definition of spring. View British English definition of spring.
a sweet brown powder that tastes like chocolate and is made from the seeds of a Mediterranean tree
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