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What does this idiom mean?
To have spring fever is to feel full of energy and ready to create and do new things.
When someone says they have spring fever they usually mean they are feeling antsy* and looking to work towards new goals. Sometimes the new goal is unknown, but the desire to do something new is strong.
Having spring fever is common in the springtime, after a long winter of having to stay inside.
How do you use this idiom?
Here are a couple of examples:
As the famous American folk writer Mark Twain once said,
“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”
Person A: Hey, Hannah, you look bright! You seem so full of energy recently.
Person B: I think I have spring fever! I can't stop thinking about all my new projects. I wake up early every day to research and work.
When is it appropriate to use this idiom?
You can use this idiom at work or with family. It's appropriate for all ages.
Where does this idiom come from?
Spring fever harnesses* the energy of spring: new growth, expansion and new ideas. It comes from the idea that winter is a time to be inside, be quiet, and be introverted. This winter-time isolation* can sometimes be against our will due to cold and harsh weather.
Being inside, whether our house or our mind, for a long time can lead to a time of wanting to break free, go out, and do new things. After winter comes spring, along with the breaking open of new plants, our windows and our minds. There is a hot quality to the spring-time energy, therefore we use the word fever in this idiom to describe the emotions that go along with times like these.
ansty - to feel excited, jumpy, and nervous
to harness - to be made of/to include
isolation - the act of being and feeling alone
Have you ever felt spring fever? Tell us about what it felt like in the comments!
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