hurry-up

[hur-ee-uhp, huhr-]
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Origin of hurry-up

First recorded in 1885–90; adj. use of verb phrase hurry up

hurry

[hur-ee, huhr-ee]
verb (used without object), hur·ried, hur·ry·ing.
  1. to move, proceed, or act with haste (often followed by up): Hurry, or we'll be late. Hurry up, it's starting to rain.
verb (used with object), hur·ried, hur·ry·ing.
  1. to drive, carry, or cause to move or perform with speed.
  2. to hasten; urge forward (often followed by up).
  3. to impel or perform with undue haste: to hurry someone into a decision.
noun, plural hur·ries.
  1. a state of urgency or eagerness: to be in a hurry to meet a train.
  2. hurried movement or action; haste.

Origin of hurry

1580–90; expressive word of uncertain origin, compare Middle English horyed (attested once) rushed, impelled, Middle High German hurren to move quickly
Related formshur·ry·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·hur·ry, verb, o·ver·hur·ried, o·ver·hur·ry·ing.un·hur·ry·ing, adjectiveun·hur·ry·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms for hurry

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1. See rush1. 2. hasten. 3. accelerate, quicken; expedite, hustle. 6. celerity; expedition, dispatch; speed, quickness; bustle, ado.

Antonyms for hurry

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Examples from the Web for hurry-up

Contemporary Examples of hurry-up

Historical Examples of hurry-up

  • I also found that I was being sent on all the hurry-up work.

    One Way Out

    William Carleton

  • "We were giving Abdul a 'bit of hurry-up up' at Quinn's," he said.

  • It was only when I was on the "hurry-up," however, that I worked alone.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for hurry-up

hurry

verb -ries, -rying or -ried
  1. (intr often foll by up) to hasten (to do something); rush
  2. (tr often foll by along) to speed up the completion, progress, etc, of
noun
  1. haste
  2. urgency or eagerness
  3. in a hurry informal
    1. easilyyou won't beat him in a hurry
    2. willinglywe won't go there again in a hurry
Derived Formshurrying, noun, adjectivehurryingly, adverb

Word Origin for hurry

C16 horyen, probably of imitative origin; compare Middle High German hurren; see scurry
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Word Origin and History for hurry-up

hurry

v.

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.

hurry

n.

c.1600, probably from hurry (v.).

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