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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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  • After the Pioneer was put in shape again Captain Jehu freighted lumber in her for twenty years.

    The Stronghold Miriam Haynie
  • I applied myself to the sable Jehu of the barouche, but with no better success.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • It was apparently the one with which my Jehu had had words, for he turned round and shouted abuse into the night.

    The Man with the Clubfoot Valentine Williams
  • I had only to pay the Jehu; he would obey me, of course, and right willingly.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • The watchman therefore, that stood upon the tower of Jezrahel, saw the troop of Jehu coming, and said: I see a troop.

  • Like the driving of Jehu, the son of Nimshi: for he driveth furiously.

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • It was full of Ahab's sons, and had not yet declared on Jehu's side.

    The Expositor's Bible F. W. Farrar
  • 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
  • The Jehu said several shillings, but when Dave shook his head the fellow cut the price in half and they sprang in and were off.

    Dave Porter in the Far North Edward Stratemeyer
  • But Jehu followed after him with the words, "Shoot him down, too, in the chariot."

    The Children's Bible Henry A. Sherman
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)
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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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