(Of a boat or container) develop a leak.
Originally in nautical use, referring to timbers springing out of position
- The tanker sprang a leak when it hit a floating cargo container, in either Spanish or Portuguese waters.
- Simultaneously, the hot water tank decided to spring a leak, and water was dripping into the sitting room - the plumbers fixed it yesterday.
- The Prestige, laden with 77,000 tons of oil, sprang a leak in November off the northwest Spanish coast and sank six days later after snapping in half.
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