spur of the moment

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spur of the moment

by | Last updated Jun 13, 2019 | Expressions | 9 comments

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This sentence contains the English expression 'on the spur of the moment'. Do you know this expression? How much of the sentence can you understand?

 

Listen as many times as you need to, then check your understanding and practise using the new language.

 

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Language: C1 (Advanced)  //  Accent: English (Northern England)

 

Photo by Scott Warman on Unsplash

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I don't lottery, but I today of the .

I don't do the lottery, but I a ticket today the spur of the .

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on the spur of the moment

If you do something on the spur of the moment, you do it spontaneously. You didn't plan to do it, but have decided to do it on impulse (another synonym of spontaneously!). e.g. I rarely do things on the spur of the moment, but I woke up this morning and decided to quit my job.

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  • When was the last time you did something on the spur of the moment?

  • Are you a spontaneous person? If not, do you wish you were?

  • A 'spur' is the name of the metal thing that cowboys wore (and maybe still wear?) on their boots, and use to 'encourage' the horse to move forwards or go faster. What do you think the connection is between the original meaning and this expression?

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Hi , is this phrase considered a formal phrase or not???

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Thanks in advance

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I sometimes tend to do things on the spur of a moment. But I’ve learned to think things through instead of doing something on impulse so that I won’t regret later. However, I tend to do some things on the spur of the moment, for example, If the day is quite sunny and beautiful, I get dressed and go to the park to do exercises. But when it comes to taking serious decisions, I normally think twice. I imagine a cowboy spurring his horse on, when that happens the poor makes a sudden movement or jump, this movement is spontaneous… Read more »

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I believe the last time I did something on the spur of the moment was when I bought a pair of pants. I went out to buy a gift to my mother, but I also bought the pants. I never find clothes to me, so I don’t consider this impulsive act so bad in this case. I am not a spontaneous person, but I wish were. I think I’m too undecided and this is a problem to me. In Portuguese we have a similar expression, something like “on the heat of the moment”. I think it sounds better than spur,… Read more »

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