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Frank J. Wilstach, comp. A Dictionary of Similes. 1916.

Spring (Verb)

Springs like a hunted deer.

Sprang to his feet like one recalled to life.

Spring up like mushrooms.

Spring up as weeds in neglected soil.

Springing up like dandelions after a spring shower.

Sprang to his feet like a startled roebuck.
—Honoré de Balzac

Sprang, like an uncaged beast.
—Robert Browning

Sprang like sparks from an anvil.
—Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Sprang as from a sudden trumpet’s clang.
—Lord Byron

Sprang forward like a courser for the goal.
—James Fenimore Cooper

Sprang, like the twin fountains of Benasji, from a divided source.
—Dr. John Doran

Spring like a stag.
—Adam Lindsay Gordon

Springeth up as doth a welle.
—John Gower

Sprang like a wave
In the wind.
—William Ernest Henley

Like an arrow released from the strain of the string.
—Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Spring up like mushrooms in a September night.
—George Birkbeck Hill

Springeth like Neptune.

Oh never despair, for our hopes oftentime
Spring swiftly as flow’rs in some tropical clime,
Where the spot that was barren and scentless at night
Is blooming and fragrant at morning’s first light.
—Samuel Lover

Sprang like a lily from the dirt of poverty.
—Gerald Massey

Sprang, as smitten with a mortal wound.
—James Montgomery

Spring as at the shout of war.
—Samuel Rogers

Springest like a cloud of fire.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

Springs like a mettled steed when the spur stingeth.
—Mary E. Stebbins

They shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses.
—Old Testament

Spring as the grass.
—Old Testament

Spring forth like spectres starting from the storm-swept earth.
—John Greenleaf Whittier

Sprang like an arrow shot straight from the bow.
—Ella Wheeler Wilcox