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Learn English: Spring into spring in Australia

Branches with pink flowers along the length of the stems
It's the start of spring in Australia!

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It's the beginning of spring in Australia, so let's learn to describe the season. We'll also discover the meaning of 'spring' words — including 'spring chicken' and 'spring cleaning'.

Spring is the season that comes between winter and summer. During spring, temperatures get warmer and there are new signs of life — with flowers blooming and birds nesting.

Words to describe 'spring'

At springtime, you will see flowers are 'blooming'. You could also say that flowers are 'in bloom' or 'in full bloom'. This describes the change from a bud to a flower with petals.

Close up of purple flowers with a yellow centre
Flowers in bloom.

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'Warming up' is a phrasal verb you can use to describe the warmer temperatures.

'Spring' as a verb

Aside from being a noun, 'spring' can also be a verb. It means to suddenly move or appear.

Phrases with the word 'spring'

There are a number of commonly used phrases with the word 'spring'.

To 'spring clean' your home means to give it a thorough clean. Traditionally, this is done during spring — especially in parts of the world where winters are very cold.

Mops standing against a red wall
'Spring cleaning' refers to a deep and thorough clean.

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A 'spring chicken' is a noun for a young person.

If you have 'sprung a leak', it means that there is a leak caused by broken or cracked part.

"The kitchen tap has sprung a leak so it is constantly dripping water."

To have a 'spring in your step' means to walk in an energetic or happy manner.

Young child standing on a sandy beach facing the water
"He had a spring in his step because he was going to the beach."

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