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spurt

2 noun
     
spurt2 [countable]
1 when an amount of liquid or flame suddenly comes quickly out of something
spurt of
a sudden spurt of flame
in spurts
The water came out of the tap in short spurts (=a small amount at a time).
2 a short sudden increase of activity, effort, speed, or emotion
spurt of
In a sudden spurt of anger, Ellen slammed the door shut.
growth spurt (=when a child suddenly grows quickly)
in spurts
We weren't consistent - we played in spurts.

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