on the spur of the moment Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “on the spur of the moment” in the English Dictionary

"on the spur of the moment" in British English

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on the spur of the moment

informalC2 used to say that a ​decision, ​action, etc. is ​sudden and done without any ​planning: We hadn't ​planned to go away - it was one of those spur-of-the-moment decisions. We just ​jumped in a ​car on the spur of the ​moment and ​drove to the seaside.
(Definition of on the spur of the moment from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"on the spur of the moment" in American English

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on the spur of the moment

suddenly without any ​planning: On the spur of the ​moment, we ​decided to go to the ​beach.
(Definition of on the spur of the moment from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “on the spur of the moment”
in Turkish birden, aniden, düşünmeden…
in Russian экспромтом, мгновенно…
in Polish pod wpływem impulsu…
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