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hurry

[hur-ee, huhr-ee] /ˈhɜr i, ˈhʌr i/
verb (used without object), hurried, hurrying.
1.
to move, proceed, or act with haste (often followed by up):
Hurry, or we'll be late. Hurry up, it's starting to rain.
verb (used with object), hurried, hurrying.
2.
to drive, carry, or cause to move or perform with speed.
3.
to hasten; urge forward (often followed by up).
4.
to impel or perform with undue haste:
to hurry someone into a decision.
noun, plural hurries.
5.
a state of urgency or eagerness:
to be in a hurry to meet a train.
6.
hurried movement or action; haste.
Origin of hurry
1580-1590
1580-90; expressive word of uncertain origin, compare Middle English horyed (attested once) rushed, impelled, Middle High German hurren to move quickly
Related forms
hurryingly, adverb
overhurry, verb, overhurried, overhurrying.
unhurrying, adjective
unhurryingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. See rush1 . 2. hasten. 3. accelerate, quicken; expedite, hustle. 6. celerity; expedition, dispatch; speed, quickness; bustle, ado.
Antonyms
3. delay, slow. 6. deliberation.
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  • "That chance is the destiny that hurries me to my tomb," answered Almamen, solemnly.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I cannot do more at this time, as I have something on my hand that hurries me much.

  • It only hurries the respiration, and chokes the pulmonary vessels.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • It is our vanity which hurries us into situations from which we must come out damaged.

    The Point Of Honor Joseph Conrad
  • He is surprised, confused, and embarrassed, leaves his seat and hurries into the library.

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  • I laugh at their amused faces, but Rose is embarrassed and hurries me away.

    The Choice of Life

    Georgette Leblanc
  • He flies on, and hurries his dark column over the open plain.

  • Pat Valdo hurries off to prepare for his boomerang throwing.

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British Dictionary definitions for hurries

hurry

/ˈhʌrɪ/
verb -ries, -rying, -ried
1.
(intransitive) often foll by up. to hasten (to do something); rush
2.
(transitive) often foll by along. to speed up the completion, progress, etc, of
noun
3.
haste
4.
urgency or eagerness
5.
(informal) in a hurry
  1. easily: you won't beat him in a hurry
  2. willingly: we won't go there again in a hurry
Derived Forms
hurrying, noun, adjective
hurryingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16 horyen, probably of imitative origin; compare Middle High German hurren; see scurry
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Word Origin and History for hurries

hurry

v.

1590, first recorded in Shakespeare, who used it often; perhaps a variant of harry (v.), or perhaps a West Midlands sense of Middle English hurren "to vibrate rapidly, buzz," from Proto-Germanic *hurza "to move with haste" (cf. Middle High German hurren "to whir, move fast," Old Swedish hurra "to whirl round"), which also perhaps is the root of hurl. Related: hurried; hurrying.

hurry

n.

c.1600, probably from hurry (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hurries

hurry

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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