That spurt in the private sector set the stage for his congressional career.
It has made people squirm and spurt out apologies, and it has made my face burn a darker red.
It was the old story of volunteers, brave enough at a spurt, going to pieces in panic under hard and continued strain.
Again, the blade descended, bringing a spurt of dust from his clothing.
But the sight of a fireplace and plenty of dry wood ready to flame up at the spurt of a match heartened them somewhat.
They were losing ground steadily, and there was no “spurt” in them.
When it was opposite the flag a spurt of flame came from the pistol of the man in it, and John actually laughed.
And I took careful aim, and fired, and saw the spurt from the bullet.
There was a great blaze, a spurt of smoke and a tremendous crash.
His men were waiting and longing for a spurt and caught it up at once.
"to gush out, squirt," 1560s, variant of spirt, perhaps cognate with Middle High German spürzen "to spit," and sprützen "to squirt" (see sprout). The noun in this sense is attested from 1775.
"brief burst of activity," 1560s, variant of spirt "brief period of time" (1540s), of uncertain origin, perhaps somehow connected with spurt (v.).