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[jak-rab-it] /ˈdʒækˌræb ɪt/
resembling a jack rabbit, as in suddenness or rapidity of movement:
The car made a jackrabbit start when the traffic light turned green.
verb (used without object)
to go or start forward with a rapid, sudden movement.
Origin of jackrabbit
First recorded in 1925-30; See origin at jack rabbit Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I'm going to put him down an abandoned shaft of the jackrabbit.

    A Texas Ranger William MacLeod Raine
  • This man I'm talking to has no more authority than a jackrabbit, and he knows it.

    Cue for Quiet Thomas L. Sherred
  • Like Kenny said, you couldn't hide a jackrabbit in dune country.

    Border, Breed Nor Birth Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Only a greyhound or other long-legged dog can beat a jackrabbit running.

  • Didnt know but I might have a chance to shoot a jackrabbit or the like.

    Ruth Fielding In the Saddle Alice B. Emerson
  • The jackrabbit was a pest, but the cottontail was worth getting.

    The Killer Stewart Edward White
  • There are seventeen miles of workings down here in the jackrabbit, let alone the Mal Pais.

    A Texas Ranger William MacLeod Raine
  • The best of feeling did not exist between the owners of the jackrabbit and those of the Mal Pais.

    A Texas Ranger William MacLeod Raine
  • Far away could be heard the faltering cry of a coyote, bewailing a jackrabbit which he had not caught.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • A jackrabbit jumped up and went bustling ahead, never leaving the paper-white streak of trail that seemed to fascinate it.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
Word Origin and History for jackrabbit

1863, American English, shortening of jackass-rabbit (1851), so called for its long ears. Proverbial for bursts of speed (up to 45 mph).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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