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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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  • The Swan allured the gentlefolk of the county, the coach-and-four people, jehus of light curricles, and riders of blooded horses.

    Lewis Rand Mary Johnston
  • jehus of all races and classes raise the dust of Halpin Road in dogcarts, landaus, and motor-cars.

    A Civil Servant in Burma Herbert Thirkel White
  • Ay, it binna on'y the nose, 't binna on'y the nose, with his jehus an' such.

    In Clive's Command Herbert Strang
  • Here, in the commodious yards, the weary horses and their swarthy jehus slept in the open air.

  • The delivery-wagons and their jehus were the only things that moved fast in Wakefield, now as then.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Many of the strikers were acting as jehus of improvised stages.

    Port O' Gold Louis John Stellman
British Dictionary definitions for jehus

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 jehus

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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