spur-of-the-moment

spur-of-the-moment
adjective
in response to an unforeseen need
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a spur-of-the-moment party

Similar to: ↑unprepared

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\\| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷\ adjective
Etymology: from the phrase (on the) spur of the moment
: occurring or developing without premeditation : hastily extemporized

cumulative effect accomplished through … what had previously seemed merely spur-of-the-moment ideas — Irving Kolodin

a human equation in live TV that gives it spur-of-the-moment touches — Dinah Shore

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/sperr"euhv dheuh moh"meuhnt/, adj.
occurring or done without advance preparation or deliberation; extemporaneous; unplanned: a spur-of-the-moment decision.
[1800-10]

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spur-of-the-moment UK US adjective
sudden and not planned or thought about carefully

a spur-of-the-moment decision/​plan/​visit

Thesaurus: not plannedsynonym happening or done quickly, suddenly or immediatelysynonym

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adj, always used before a noun
: done suddenly and without planning

They made a spur-of-the-moment decision to go the movies.

— see also on/at the spur of the moment at spur, 1

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spur-of-the-moment attrib. phr.
see spur n.1 2 d.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • spur-of-the-moment — on the spur of the moment if you do something on the spur of the moment, you do it suddenly, without planning it. We hadn t planned to get married it was a spur of the moment thing. (always before noun) …   New idioms dictionary

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  • spur of the moment —    If you do something on the spur of the moment, you do it because you felt like it at that time, without any planning or preparation.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

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