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scurry

[skur-ee, skuhr-ee] /ˈskɜr i, ˈskʌr i/
verb (used without object), scurried, scurrying.
1.
to go or move quickly or in haste.
verb (used with object), scurried, scurrying.
2.
to send hurrying along.
noun, plural scurries.
3.
a scurrying rush:
the scurry of little feet on the stairs.
4.
a short run or race.
Origin of scurry
1800-1810
First recorded in 1800-10; extracted from hurry-scurry
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  • A few minutes later the men were scurrying around to their positions.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • I was off to the hedge, Charlotte picking herself up and scurrying after.

    The Golden Age Kenneth Grahame
  • But it was only for a second, and then he was scurrying off as fast as a frightened Squirrel could.

    The Adventures of Buster Bear Thornton W. Burgess
  • This was literally true, for he was right at the heels of the scurrying Bob.

    Frontier Boys in Frisco

    Wyn Roosevelt
  • His first impression was a jumble—eyes, scurrying movement, and bulk.

    Cat and Mouse Ralph Williams
British Dictionary definitions for scurrying

scurry

/ˈskʌrɪ/
verb -ries, -rying, -ried
1.
to move about or proceed hurriedly
2.
(intransitive) to whirl about
noun (pl) -ries
3.
the act or sound of scurrying
4.
a brisk light whirling movement, as of snow
5.
(horse racing) a short race or sprint
Word Origin
C19: probably shortened from hurry-scurry
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Word Origin and History for scurrying

scurry

v.

1810, perhaps from hurry-scurry (1732), a reduplication of hurry (v.). As a noun, 1823, from the verb.

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