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  • n  the occurrence of a sudden discharge (as of liquid)
  • v  gush forth in a sudden stream or jet
  • v  move or act with a sudden increase in speed or energy

  • In the aftermath of the Gloucester pregnancy spurt, some experts spoke of a Juno effect, girls getting pregnant to emulate that movie's protagonist.
  • They do know that no matter how deprivation dwarfs thrive in a hospital, the spurt often ends when they return to the homes that started the trouble.
  • The biggest danger of a weak euro is that the current export-led growth spurt will persuade Euroland governments that they can keep postponing much-needed structural reforms.
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  • Mike Krzyzewski in USA Today
    When two good teams play, if one team spurts a little bit, usually the other team will spurt back,Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "We played better than them for eight minutes, and then they played better than us for eight minutes."
  • Gary Chaison in International Herald Tribune
    I think the unions are still vulnerable,Chaison said. "It's almost as if they've settled down, but there really hasn't been any major growth spurt yet."
  • Tony La Russa in ESPN
    He's going to be a short-spurt type,La Russa said. "We won't stretch him out much unless we're just trying to get him some work."

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