- a snare for catching small game.
- to catch in a springe.
- to set a springe or springes.
Origin of springe
1200–50; Middle English, variant of sprenge a snare, literally, something that is made to spring, derivative of sprengen to make spring, Old English sprengan, causative of springan to spring
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Examples from the Web for springe
And briefly he sketched for her the springe he was setting with the help of Mr. Newlington.Mistress Wilding
Be caught like a bird in a springe; everything intended to be hidden from me!A Pair of Blue Eyes
Thus had Amilcare been sold by his own purchase, and thus Grifone griped in his own springe.Little Novels of Italy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
The German Emperor was paying his annual visit to the moors at Springe.The Coming Conquest of England
You are now fairly trapped at last—caught like the woodcock in your own springe.Rookwood
William Harrison Ainsworth
- a snare set to catch small wild animals or birds and consisting of a loop attached to a bent twig or branch under tension
- (intr) to set such a snare
- (tr) to catch (small wild animals or birds) with such a snare
C13: related to Old English springan to spring
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