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Spur of the moment

Posted by Word Camel on January 19, 2005

In Reply to: Spur of the moment posted by Bruce Kahl on January 19, 2005

: : What is the origination of the phrasr spur of the moment

: If you use a spur on your boot or shoe to prod a horse into action the result is usually a quick response.
: Just a guess.

Spur of the moment is in the OED along with othe definitions of the word "spur". The first recorded usage was in 1801. Spur also means at haste so perhaps spur of the moment - something done impromptu or with out deliberation grew out of spur in that sense, as in a quick decision.

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