SPRING Idioms and Proverbs

Hi dear English learners! It’s been a couple of days since the Spring has begun in the northern hemisphere. If the weather is nice where you are and nature is going green, the trees started to blossom, then you may suffer from spring fever or feel like you are full of the joys of spring! What do these expressions mean? Keep reading to find out! 😃 We will learn 13 SPRING idioms and proverbs.

  • Full of the joys of spring
  • Spring fever
  • To spring back
  • To spring into action
  • Spring in your step
  • To spring to mind
  • No spring chicken
  • To spring to life
  • Spring cleaning
  • To spring up like mushrooms
  • To spring to your feet
  • No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow
  • One swallow doesn’t make the spring/summer

SPRING idioms and proverbs

Full of the joys of spring

If you are full of the joys of spring, you must be feeling very happy and energetic.

  • We saw Martin in the street today. He was full of the joys of spring. Then we heard that he’s got a new girlfriend.
  • Look! This is me in the photo when I was 15; I remember I was so energetic. I would jump out of bed every morning full of the joys of spring.

SPRING idioms and proverbs

Spring fever

In spring, the weather gets warmer, everything becomes green and starts blossoming. Some people get excited because of that, meaning that they have spring fever.

  • As he was suffering from spring fever, Ryan was unable to do his job well. His reports were full of mistakes and he was late from his lunch break every day.
  • There is no harder thing in the world than controlling school children who suffer from spring fever. 

To spring back

To spring back means to recover from an illness or simply to recover to a previous state.

  • It took her more than a week to spring back after the operation.
  • They say that it takes you nine months to spring back into your normal weight after you have a baby.

SPRING idioms and proverbs

To spring into action

If you spring into action, then you start doing something all of a sudden.

  • All the policemen that surrounded the evacuated building were ready to spring into action on their commander’s call.
  • When I was young, I was always ready to spring into action, whether it was about going on a trip or to a party.

Spring in your step

To have a spring in your step means that you feel energetic, happy and enthusiastic and it is noticeable in the way you walk. 

  • Everyone could see a spring in Tara’s step ever since she was promoted.
  • After the briefing, all the staff had a spring in their steps this morning.

To spring to mind

The idiom refers to the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of something.

  • What springs to mind when you think about your childhood?
  • Whenever someone mentions Switzerland, the first thing that springs to mind is our skiing holiday.

No spring chicken

A person who is no spring chicken is someone who is at a certain age and no longer in their prime youth.

  • Eddie Izzard runs a marathon for charity and he’s no spring chicken.
  • Jane was no spring chicken although she looked ten years younger.

To spring to life

You spring to life when you become very active or busy.

  • Sarah was one of those people who spring to life right after their alarm clock goes off.
  • Towns in the Mediterranean rarely spring to life before siesta.

Spring cleaning

Spring cleaning is when you clean your house or apartment very thoroughly, probably once a year and usually in spring.

  • We are spring cleaning on Saturday and Sunday. If you don’t feel like helping us, try not to be at home.
  • Spring cleaning is a great opportunity to get rid of all the clutter and check your furniture and other stuff.

SPRING idioms and proverbs

To spring up like mushrooms

We use this expression to say that number of something is increasing very fast.

  • Snowdrops were springing up like mushrooms through the snow in the garden.
  • Right after the war, many new small shops sprang up like mushrooms all over the town.

To spring to your feet

If you spring to your feet, then you get up quickly and suddenly.

  • The audience at the stadium sprang up on their feet when one of the players scored a goal.
  • The dog sprang to his feet when he heard the noise in the street.

SPRING idioms and proverbs

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow

This proverb teaches us that however big our problems are, we should be patient and wait for the better days to come.

  • Don’t despair. I know you’ve been ill for quite some time, but believe me, no matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. I’m sure you’ll get better soon.

One swallow doesn’t make the spring/summer

This proverb is not the same in American and British English. As a matter of fact, Americans use the word spring and English use summer. However, the meaning of the proverb is the same. It teaches us that one good thing does not guarantee that everything else will get better. 

  • I see that you got a good mark in Maths. But one swallow doesn’t make the spring. You have to make your other grades up, as well.
13 SPRING idioms and proverbs
13 SPRING idioms and proverbs
SPRING idioms and proverbs
SPRING idioms and proverbs

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