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 for To spring a leak
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Leak \Leak\ (l[=e]k), n. [Akin to D. lek leaky, a leak, G. leck,
     Icel. lekr leaky, Dan. l[ae]k leaky, a leak, Sw. l[aum]ck;
     cf. AS. hlec full of cracks or leaky. Cf. Leak, v.]
     1. A crack, crevice, fissure, or hole which admits water or
        other fluid, or lets it escape; as, a leak in a roof; a
        leak in a boat; a leak in a gas pipe. "One leak will sink
        a ship." --Bunyan.
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     2. The entrance or escape of a fluid through a crack,
        fissure, or other aperture; as, the leak gained on the
        ship's pumps.
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     3. (Elec.) A loss of electricity through imperfect
        insulation; also, the point at which such loss occurs.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  
     4. an act of urinating; -- used mostly in the phrase
  
     take a leak, i. e. to urinate. [vulgar]
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     5. The disclosure of information that is expected to be kept
        confidential; as, leaks by the White House staff
        infuriated Nixon; leaks by the Special Prosecutor were
        criticized as illegal.
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     To spring a leak, to open or crack so as to let in water;
        to begin to let in water; as, the ship sprung a leak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spring \Spring\ (spr[i^]ng), v. t.
     1. To cause to spring up; to start or rouse, as game; to
        cause to rise from the earth, or from a covert; as, to
        spring a pheasant.
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     2. To produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; as, to
        spring a surprise on someone; to spring a joke.
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              She starts, and leaves her bed, and springs a light.
                                                    --Dryden.
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              The friends to the cause sprang a new project.
                                                    --Swift.
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     3. To cause to explode; as, to spring a mine.
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     4. To crack or split; to bend or strain so as to weaken; as,
        to spring a mast or a yard.
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     5. To cause to close suddenly, as the parts of a trap
        operated by a spring; as, to spring a trap.
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     6. To bend by force, as something stiff or strong; to force
        or put by bending, as a beam into its sockets, and
        allowing it to straighten when in place; -- often with in,
        out, etc.; as, to spring in a slat or a bar.
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     7. To pass over by leaping; as, to spring a fence.
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     8. To release (a person) from confinement, especially from a
        prison. [colloquial]
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     To spring a butt (Naut.), to loosen the end of a plank in a
        ship's bottom.
  
     To spring a leak (Naut.), to begin to leak.
  
     To spring an arch (Arch.), to build an arch; -- a common
        term among masons; as, to spring an arch over a lintel.
  
     To spring a rattle, to cause a rattle to sound. See
        Watchman's rattle, under Watchman.
  
     To spring the luff (Naut.), to ease the helm, and sail
        nearer to the wind than before; -- said of a vessel.
        --Mar. Dict.
  
     To spring a mast or To spring a spar (Naut.), to strain
        it so that it is unserviceable.
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