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#1 2020-12-14 13:30:15

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 2471

sprint somebody away < spirit somebody away

Cronus devoured each of his children as they were born. Zues escaped when his mother sprinted him away. Zues was
raised in secrecy on Mount Dikte in Krete.

a warehouse where one of the Fae would come through and sprint her away to whatever Arcadian hell the Keeper had designed for itself.

When his wife tells him that she has been with child for over a moon, the first thing Rhaegar does is sprint her away to

the textured soundtrack consisting of Spencer Brown’s own original score, the skating and visuals immediately sprint you
away to bask under …

what could she expect but a husband plucked for her, who would come and sprint her away.

Thus seven Vasus surrounded Nandhini while the last one snared, and sprinted her away to heavens.

It occurs too many times to be just an accident, I think. The meanings match reasonably well: sprinting implies the speed that often accompanies (and may be necessary to) the secrecy more plainly designated by spiriting someone away. There are also a number of cases where literal sprinting is meant, and any secrecy at the moment of escape is probably not there at all, though the idea of getting to safety (where you are not visible to your adversary and therefore in some sense secret) still is. And of course, many examples imply both speed and (almost) immediate invisibility.

slung over the shoulder of a horny, angry, muscular caveman as he sprinted her away from her village-.

Marianna Sanders realizes the savagely seductive stranger who sprinted her away across the ocean for safety was a man
she couldn’t trust.

So Aldo and Giulio had sprinted her away to hide in the last place anyone would expect them to take her, and she had been instructed to wait in the parlour

I want this for multiplayer and being able to be the horse running next to th train my frined is robbing then sprint them
away to safety!

What protection do you carry? | Lipstick Alley › The Lounge › The Front Porch! Dec 30, 2013 — May 12, 2013. Ratings: +105,324 / 5,631 / -264. 999 on speed dial, a foot that is trained to kick out kneecaps , legs to sprint me away to safety.

His life was saved when his white steed sprinted him away from the gunfight—eventually galloping so far away that he
became lost.

“Bit different than that motorcycle you sprinted her away on.” Dan said looking at Harry. “Yes sir,”.

Yang Hui-Ching, having sprinted her away from her adversaries, providing bodyguarding duties in her flight from plight

she found out that Rodrigo’s parents had sprinted him away because, in their opinion, appellee’s reputation was unsavory.

a waiting carriage that sprinted him away to a waiting train.

The cat scratched and clawed and tried to escape as the Cardinals field crew member sprinted him away so the game could continue.

Well “walk away” is relative, as people in civilian clothing put him in a typical police lock and quickly sprinted him away.
Nobody knows what happened to him.

I’d call it a good eggcorn, even though “sprint away”, on balance, probably puts more emphasis on speed, as “spirit away” does on secrecy.

Last edited by DavidTuggy (2020-12-14 13:31:15)

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#2 2020-12-17 13:15:53

Peter Forster
From: UK
Registered: 2006-09-06
Posts: 1085

Re: sprint somebody away < spirit somebody away

Love it!



#3 2021-01-12 22:59:33

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2781

Re: sprint somebody away < spirit somebody away

Another place where “sprint” is imported is in the phrase “shin sprints” for “shin splints.” Lots of examples on the web. Presumably the bridge has something to do with “athletes training with sprints” and “athletes getting shin splints.”

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



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