One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a boat or container) develop a leak.
- ‘After springing a leak below the water line early yesterday morning, skipper Andrew Tozer and the crew of La Bamba were taken aboard the 41-foot catamaran Island Fling.’
- ‘Simultaneously, the hot water tank decided to spring a leak, and water was dripping into the sitting room - the plumbers fixed it yesterday.’
- ‘The holding tank sprang a leak and there was water pumping in all over the basement.’
- ‘Just a few miles off the north-west of Menorca, the 500 ton coaster Francisquita sprang a leak and foundered in December 1952.’
- ‘Why a two-year-old, double-hulled tanker would suddenly spring a leak has not been explained.’
- ‘Second, there was no way to predict, nor any reason to expect, the other hydraulic system would spring a leak.’
- ‘The Prestige, laden with 77,000 tons of oil, sprang a leak in November off the northwest Spanish coast and sank six days later after snapping in half.’
- ‘Half way across the inlet, in the black silence of the night we discovered that the boat had sprung a leak.’
- ‘The tanker sprang a leak when it hit a floating cargo container, in either Spanish or Portuguese waters.’
- ‘One of the 12 small jet engines sprang a leak, and others aren't providing the thrust they should be.’
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