- characterized by speed or the need for speed; quick: a hurry-up meal; a hurry-up phone call.
Origin of hurry-up
- to move, proceed, or act with haste (often followed by up): Hurry, or we'll be late. Hurry up, it's starting to rain.
- to drive, carry, or cause to move or perform with speed.
- to hasten; urge forward (often followed by up).
- to impel or perform with undue haste: to hurry someone into a decision.
- a state of urgency or eagerness: to be in a hurry to meet a train.
- hurried movement or action; haste.
Origin of hurry
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Examples from the Web for hurry-up
And that is forcing both presidential campaigns to play what might be called a hurry-up offense.It’s Election Month 2012! Early Voting Changes Presidential Landscape
October 14, 2012
They had, he says, “the kind of considered exchange to which email is now doing such chatty, hurry-up violence.”My Loves and Letters
June 21, 2010
I also found that I was being sent on all the hurry-up work.One Way Out
"We were giving Abdul a 'bit of hurry-up up' at Quinn's," he said.Trooper Bluegum at the Dardanelles
It was only when I was on the "hurry-up," however, that I worked alone.The Autobiography of a Thief
The manager was crazy, and told him to send for a hurry-up wagon, and run us all in.Harvard Stories
Waldron Kintzing Post
Don't miss it—or they'll drag you there in the hurry-up wagon.Cupid's Middleman
Edward B. Lent
- (intr often foll by up) to hasten (to do something); rush
- (tr often foll by along) to speed up the completion, progress, etc, of
- urgency or eagerness
- in a hurry informal
- easilyyou won't beat him in a hurry
- willinglywe won't go there again in a hurry
Word Origin and History for hurry-up
1590, first recorded in Shakespeare, who used it often; perhaps a variant of harry (v.), or perhaps a West Midlands sense of Middle English hurren "to vibrate rapidly, buzz," from Proto-Germanic *hurza "to move with haste" (cf. Middle High German hurren "to whir, move fast," Old Swedish hurra "to whirl round"), which also perhaps is the root of hurl. Related: hurried; hurrying.
c.1600, probably from hurry (v.).