Sator: You make your way there. I want Volkov on your team.

Protagonist: No. I spring the material. You pay me off. Your wife does the exchange.

What does "spring" mean here?

Source: Christopher Nolan's movie Tenet (2020)

  • We need a bit more context here, please! There are various options. It could mean spring for (= pay for), it could mean release, free...
    – legatrix
    Dec 14, 2020 at 6:38

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"Spring" is slang for 'steal'. It literally means to quickly move from one place to another. In your example then, someone is proposing a plan to steal some material which someone will then pay him for.

'Spring' can also be used to mean 'break out' or 'free' from jail, ie "he was sprung from jail".

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