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spring a leak

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishspring a leakspring a leakPOURif a boat or a container springs a leak, it begins to let liquid in or out through a crack or hole spring
Examples from the Corpus
spring a leakIf it is partly submerged, it has sprung a leak and filled with water.Water supplies to Bristol were threatened in 1990 when the Gloucester Sharpness canal sprang a leak and temporary pipelines had to installed.An old galvanised iron cistern is liable to spring a leak eventually.If the cooling system sprang a leak pilots had to land and mend the pipe with chewing gum and insulation tape.
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