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English definition of “as, if, when, etc. the spirit moves sb”

as, if, when, etc. the spirit moves sb

taking action only when you feel is the right time, not following a plan: It's impossible to predict what he'll do - he just acts when the spirit moves him.
(Definition of as, if, when, etc. the spirit moves sb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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