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in one hell of a hurry

Extremely rushed. You must be in one hell of a hurry, driving that fast! Look, I'm in one hell of a hurry, so I can't chat right now!
See also: hell, hurry, of, one

get a hurry on

 and get a move on
to start to hurry. We are going to leave in five minutes, Jane. Get a hurry on! Mary! Get a move on! We can't wait all day.
See also: get, hurry, on

Here's your hat, what's your hurry?

Rur. It is time for you to go. (Jocular.) I hate to rush you out the door, but here's your hat, what's your hurry? Jane: I suppose I'd better be on my way. Charlie: Here's your hat, what's your hurry?

hurry away

 and hurry off
to leave in a hurry. I have to hurry away. Excuse me, please. It's an emergency. Don't hurry off. I need to talk to you.
See also: away, hurry

hurry back (to someone or something)

to return to someone or something immediately or as fast as possible. Oh, please hurry back to me as soon as you can. Hurry back!
See also: back, hurry

hurry down (to somewhere)

to descend rapidly. We need you down here in the basement. Hurry down. Please hurry down to the kitchen and help us.
See also: down, hurry

hurry one on one's way

to help someone to hasten on. Mary hurried Joel on his way so he could catch his train. There is no need to hurry me on my way. I am leaving.
See also: hurry, on, one, way

hurry someone or something along

to make someone or something go faster. Go hurry your mother along. We're almost late. Why don't you hurry the meeting along?
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hurry someone or something in (to something)

to make someone or something go into something fast. She hurried the chickens into the coop and closed the door on them for the night. It was beginning to rain, so Jerry hurried the children in.
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hurry someone or something up

to make someone or something go or work faster. Please hurry them all up. We are expecting to have dinner very soon. See if you can hurry this project up a little.
See also: hurry, up

hurry up

 and hurry on
to move faster. Hurry up! You're going to be late. Please hurry on. We have a lot to do today.
See also: hurry, up

hurry up and wait

Fig. to do some things in a series fast and then have to wait a long time to do the next things in the series. (Originally military.) That's all we ever do. Rush to stand in line somewhere. We just hurry up and wait all day long. Hurry up and wait! That's the army for you.
See also: and, hurry, up, wait

hurry up and do something

to do something very soon All I wanted was for these very boring people to hurry up and leave. Smokers should consider the illnesses that could lie ahead if they don't hurry up and quit.
See also: and, hurry, up

hurry up and wait

to prepare quickly for an activity that is then delayed Air travel seems to be nothing but hurry up and wait - you race to the airport two hours before your flight time, and then depart two hours late.
See also: and, hurry, up, wait

hurry up and wait

Move quickly and then have to wait for something or someone. For example, We did our share in good time, but the others were several days behind so we couldn't finish-it was another case of hurry up and wait . This expression dates from the 1940s and probably originated in the armed services.
See also: and, hurry, up, wait

hurry up

v.
1. To move more quickly: Hurry up or you'll miss the bus! I hurried up and finished the test.
2. To make someone move or something happen more quickly: The coach hurried up the team. The babysitter hurried the children up and took them to school.
See also: hurry, up

hurry up and wait

in. to be alternately rushed and delayed in a hectic situation. (Often with the force of a modifier.) It’s always hurry up and wait around here.
See also: and, hurry, up, wait
References in classic literature ?
She is seized with panic, and under its influence she hurries downstairs, and quickly drops the coffee-cup and saucer used by Mademoiselle Cynthia into a large brass vase, where it is discovered later by Monsieur Lawrence.
No sooner has he gone than Creon enters with an armed guard who seize Antigone and carry her off (Ismene, the other sister, they have already captured) and he is about to lay hands on Oedipus, when Theseus, who has heard the tumult, hurries up and, upbraiding Creon for his lawless act, threatens to detain him till he has shown where the captives are and restored them.
At length, the Cathedral clock chiming one quarter, with a rapid turn he hurries in.
I am practically industrious-- painstaking, a workman to execute with perseverance and labour-- but besides this there is a love for the marvellous, a belief in the marvellous, intertwined in all my projects, which hurries me out of the common pathways of men, even to the wild sea and unvisited regions I am about to explore.
No gossiping woman, who hurries from house to house to spread evil of her neighbour, can carry tidings with her tongue, so fast as these people will spread their meaning, by signs and warnings, that they alone understand.
During these first hurries I was stupid, lying still in my cabin, which was in the steerage, and cannot describe my temper: I could ill resume the first penitence which I had so apparently trampled upon and hardened myself against: I thought the bitterness of death had been past, and that this would be nothing like the first; but when the master himself came by me, as I said just now, and said we should be all lost, I was dreadfully frighted.
I know not what to call this, nor will I urge that it is a secret overruling decree, that hurries us on to be the instruments of our own destruction, even though it be before us, and that we rush upon it with our eyes open.
A wide plain, where the broadening Floss hurries on between its green banks to the sea, and the loving tide, rushing to meet it, checks its passage with an impetuous embrace.
1) Jimmy Hynes, an aerospace engineer who competes in triathlons, hurries through 35-degree air to heated water for a 5:30 a.