(on the) spur of the moment


1. without planning, on impulse






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do sth/make a decision on the spur of the moment

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To do something on the spur of the moment is to do something spontaneously, without advance planning or to act on impulse. This is an idiomatic expression used in both social and professional contexts. "His spur of the moment decision to invest made him hundreds of euro."

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  1. I didn't really think about it. I just did it on the spur of the moment.
  2. Tom hadn't planned on doing a parachute jump. It was a spur of the moment decision.

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  1. Planning involves making informed decisions about how to act based on data, not making spur of the moment decisions.
  2. Some of the most profitable financial decisions have been made on the spur of the moment. 
  3. Some began selling their shares on the spur of the moment when shares began to fall.

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