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Jehu

[jee-hyoo or, often, -hoo] /ˈdʒi hyu or, often, -hu/
noun
1.
a king of Israel noted for his furious chariot attacks. II Kings 9.
2.
(lowercase) a fast driver.
3.
(lowercase) the driver of a cab or coach.
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Examples from the Web for Jehu
Historical Examples
  • "Jehu, the son of Nimshi," could not have done the distance in five minutes less.

    Glances at Europe Horace Greeley
  • I had only to pay the Jehu; he would obey me, of course, and right willingly.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • I applied myself to the sable Jehu of the barouche, but with no better success.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • Like the driving of Jehu, the son of Nimshi: for he driveth furiously.

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • So Jehu said, "If it is your will, let no one escape from the city to bring news to Jezreel."

    The Children's Bible Henry A. Sherman
  • But Jehu followed after him with the words, "Shoot him down, too, in the chariot."

    The Children's Bible Henry A. Sherman
  • Singling out Jehu from the group, he says, I have an errand to thee, O captain!

    The Angels' Song Thomas Guthrie
  • It provoked him now as he reflected that that female Jehu must have seen it as she drove by.

    Flint Maud Wilder Goodwin
  • Then Jehu, the good missionary, rested from his labors once more.

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Grogan surveyed the place for a moment and then turned to his Jehu.

    Little Lost Sister Virginia Brooks
British Dictionary definitions for Jehu

Jehu

/ˈdʒiːhjuː/
noun
1.
(Old Testament) the king of Israel (?842–?815 bc); the slayer of Jezebel (II Kings 9:11–30)
2.
a fast driver, esp one who is reckless (from the phrase to drive like Jehu. II Kings 9:20)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Jehu

"fast, skillful driver," 1680s, from Jehu, a king of Israel in the Old Testament, who "driveth furiously" (II Kings ix:20).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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