verb (hurries, hurrying, hurried)[no object]
- 1Move or act with great haste: we’d better hurry servants hurried aroundMore example sentences
- They reached the dining hall and the servant hurried ahead to push open the double doors for Cassara.
- The two guards walked into the room, with servants hurrying back and forth.
- Servants bustled around, hurrying to do his bidding because he had the right to lop off their heads if he had the mind to.
- 1.1 (often in imperative hurry up) Do something more quickly: hurry up and finish your mealMore example sentences
- She's been pushing her solicitor to hurry up and get the divorce papers served.
- Anyway, I hurried up and rushed out of the house with Gina pushing me all the way.
- Come on boys, hurry up and finish your food, we're closing in a minute.
- 1.2 [with object] Cause to move with haste: she hurried him across the landingMore example sentences
- The sooner you do that the sooner we can make a quick decision and hurry you on your way.
- In one swift move he gathered his brother into his arms and hurried him back into the house.
- We didn't talk for long - whoever she was with was hurrying her along (so mid-nineties) but there was something about her which made me worry.
- 1.3 [with object] Do or finish (something) quickly or too quickly: formalities were hurried overMore example sentences
quick, fast, swift, rapid, speedy, brisk, hasty, hurrying, expeditious, breakneck; cursory, perfunctory, brief, short, fleeting, passing, flying, superficialhasty, rushed, speedy, quick; rash, impetuous, impulsive, reckless, precipitate, precipitous, incautious, imprudent, spur-of-the-moment, premature• rare temerarious
- After a few minutes hurried consultation, they rushed us into the operating theatre.
- But he is inexperienced in big meets and tends to hurry his stroke when pressed.
- Another factor pushed them to hurry the project: the need to get their ducks in a row before they ran out of time.
noun[mass noun] Back to top
- 1Great haste: in my hurry to leave I knocked over a pile of booksMore example sentences
- Before the gold rush, the only hurry was to condemn.
- The hustle and hurry of the job persist in a surreal atmosphere of expectation and denial.
- The usual hurry to get to work, usual rush to beat the peak time traffic, and usual eagerness to be part of the rat race.
- 1.1 [with negative and in questions] A need for haste; urgency: there’s no hurry to get backMore example sentences
- It just seems that there is no hurry and no urgency.
- But even though the advisers would have loved it to be done in the next 10 minutes, George said, ‘What's the hurry?’
- So now the party's frantically backpedalling: good heavens, we know we said you need congressional approval, but what's the hurry?
in a hurry
- Rushed; in a rushed manner: I’m in rather a hurryMore example sentences
- He advised farmers to avoid rushing into planting in a hurry and doing bad work as a result.
- His enjoyment didn't last as he was in a hurry and hated to rush.
- He paused and he seemed like he was in a hurry so he rushed out.
- Eager to get a thing done quickly: no one seemed in a hurry for the resultsMore example sentences
- Believe me, I am eager to finish it in a hurry, and to do so I have taken a couple of days off from the laboratory (this is also a secret).
- It is my understanding that the software will remain valid - which is why everyone is in a hurry to buy a copy before February 27th.
- However, at lunch, those serving food were in a hurry to finish off the job quickly.
- [usually with negative] • informal Easily; readily: an experience you won’t forget in a hurryMore example sentences
- It was a remarkable moment; not one you'll forget in a hurry.
- That was scary, and not something you forget in a hurry.
- It's certainly not going to be a year that I forget in a hurry.
late 16th century (as a verb): imitative.