Idiom:  spring to one's feet

A dog stands up erect looking at food being poured in a bowl. "My dog sleeps all day but springs to her feet when she hears me pouring food in her bowl."


Idiom:  spring to one's feet

  • to suddenly or quickly stand up

Note:  The verb "spring" is irregular in the past tenses. The simple past of spring is "sprang" (not "springed") or "sprung." The form "sprang" is most commonly used for the simple past form but "sprung" is also correct. For the past participle, the form is "sprung."

To recap:

Present:  spring

Simple past: sprang or sprung

Past participle: sprung (e.g., If you had sprung to your feet when they asked for volunteers maybe they would have selected you.) 

Example sentences

— I was sleeping when the national anthem started so my girlfriend kicked my leg and I sprang to my feet

— When they asked for volunteers to get a beauty makeover, I sprang to my feet and yelled to try to get their attention first.

— Watch my dog spring to his feet when I put his food bowl on the floor.

— I would have sprung to my feet when our team scored but my leg is broken.

— Do you notice how everyone springs to their feet when the director's secretary asks for something but completely ignores the director?

— Every single person sprang to their feet in protest when we heard the new rules.

— When we heard the gun shots, we sprang to our feet and ran into the closet.

— I sprang to my feet and immediately left my office when the fire alarm went off.

— The crowd sprang to its feet after the unbelievable save by the goalie.

— The audience sprang to its feet screaming when Adele entered the stage.

— Sorry for the noise. My dogs spring to their feet and wildly bark when the doorbell rings.

— In my dreams, I imagine the crowd springing to its feet and applauding me when I win match point at Wimbledon.


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