spring to life (third-person singular simple present springs to life, present participle springing to life, simple past and past participle sprung to life)

  1. (idiomatic) To start to exist.
    Sometimes the ideas spring to life fully formed.
    • 2011 January 15, Sam Sheringham, “Chelsea 4 - 3 Blackburn Rovers”, in BBC[1]:
      Just after the half-hour mark, the contest sprung to life with a frantic passage of play, Lampard's first-time ball releasing Drogba, whose slight hesitation allowed Gael Givet to produce a brilliant saving tackle.