To spring a rattle

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To spring a rattle to cause a rattle to sound. See Watchman's rattle, under Watchman.
    • To spring a rattle to cause it to sound.
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Usage

In literature:

The rattle of a coming wagon attracted his attention, and he crouched down, as if preparing to spring upon the driver and his animals.
"Brave Tom" by Edward S. Ellis
I do but lack a rattle, though, to be sure, I could not spring it.
"Clementina" by A.E.W. Mason
A vigorous rattling of the door knob caused her to spring from her bed with a half petulant exclamation.
"Marjorie Dean" by Pauline Lester
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