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Spirt

or Spurt. A sudden convulsive effort (Swedish, spruta; Danish, sprude, Icelandic, spretta, to start; our spout, to throw up water in a jet).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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