spring up

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spring up (third-person singular simple present springs up, present participle springing up, simple past sprang up, past participle sprung up)

  1. (intransitive) To appear suddenly.
  2. (intransitive, figuratively) To come rapidly into existence.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 7, The China Governess[1]:
      The highway to the East Coast which ran through the borough of Ebbfield had always been a main road and even now, despite the vast garages, the pylons and the gaily painted factory glasshouses which had sprung up beside it, there still remained an occasional trace of past cultures.

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