- headlong, disorderly haste; hurry and confusion.
- with hurrying and scurrying.
- confusedly; in a bustle.
- characterized by headlong, disorderly flight or haste.
Origin of hurry-scurry
First recorded in 1725–35
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Examples from the Web for hurry-scurry
Fancy the hurry-scurry, the unforensic attitudes and pleadings!
The lark laughed at it all; but the sparrows were all in a hurry-scurry.Tales of Two Countries
At five minutes to eleven there is a bugle-call, followed by a hurry-scurry; the whole ship is alive at once.
We slaves would eat our breakfast, and go to the fields, dare wont no hurry-scurry.Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States, From Interviews with Former Slaves
Work Projects Administration
The cut-and-cover, hurry-scurry methods of doing things, common on some Western farms, will not do in drainage work.
- in frantic haste
- hasty and disorderly
- disordered haste
- to rush about in confusion
C18: reduplication of hurry; compare helter-skelter
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Word Origin and History for hurry-scurry
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