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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

hurry up and (do something)

To do something quickly. Typically used as an imperative. Hurry up and get dressed before everyone gets here. She'd better hurry up and submit her application if she doesn't want to miss the deadline.
See also: and, hurry, up

hurry up and wait

To quickly take some action, only to be halted at the next step in the process. If you're going to fly, be prepared to hurry up and wait—those security lines take forever to get through.
See also: and, hurry, up, wait

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 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

in a ˈhurry

1 very quickly or more quickly than usual: He had to leave in a hurry.
2 not having enough time to do something: Sorry, I haven’t got time to do it now — I’m in a hurry.
See also: hurry

in a ˈhurry to do something

impatient to do something: My daughter is in such a hurry to grow up.
See also: hurry, something

in no ˈhurry (to do something)


not in a/any ˈhurry (to do something)

1 having plenty of time: I don’t mind waiting — I’m not in any particular hurry.Serve this lady first — I’m in no hurry.
2 not wanting or not willing to do something: We were in no hurry to get back to work after the holidays.
See also: hurry

I, he, etc. won’t do something again in a ˈhurry

(spoken) used to say that somebody does not want to do something again because it was not enjoyable: I won’t be going there again in a hurry — the food was terrible.
See also: again, hurry, something

(be in) a tearing ˈhurry/ˈrush

(especially British English) (be) in a very great hurry: I was late for a meeting and in a tearing hurry.
See also: hurry, rush, tearing

hurry up

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 ?
Did this appearance of hurry in Emily's movements denote impatience to resume the recital of "the dagger-scene"?
What, then," said the Man in a Hurry, eagerly, "is the time of day?
I think I could, and I won't charge any interest for it, so you need not be in any hurry to repay me.
I know it's bad, but I was in a hurry when I did it, and I am in one now.
We will take the nearest of the two, because we are in a hurry.
The clock had just struck three when they arrived, and Jones immediately bespoke post-horses; but unluckily there was not a horse to be procured in the whole place; which the reader will not wonder at when he considers the hurry in which the whole nation, and especially this part of it, was at this time engaged, when expresses were passing and repassing every hour of the day and night.
Indeed this caution of the boy was needless; for Jones, notwithstanding his hurry and impatience, would have ordered this of himself; for he by no means agreed with the opinion of those who consider animals as mere machines, and when they bury their spurs in the belly of their horse, imagine the spur and the horse to have an equal capacity of feeling pain.
I was only keepin' on with my work 'cause you specially told me this mornin' ter hurry with my dishes, ye know.
cried the doctor, letting down the front glass in a great hurry, and shouting to the postillion; 'something very short of flyng will keep pace with me.
But this Sam flatly and positively refused to do; and, after he had been severely reprimanded by his master, the officer, being in a hurry, condescended to pick it up himself, venting a great variety of threats against Sam meanwhile, which that gentleman received with perfect composure, merely observing that if Mr.
Stop, stop, my dear Sir; not the least occasion for being in such a violent hurry to get into a place that most other men are as eager to get out of,' said the good-natured little attorney.
The aim of Safe Day is to bring attention to the prevention of accidents arising from hurry, as well as to carefulness with regard to slippery and dark circumstances.
The Story of Hurry is a children's picturebook with a strong undertone about the severity of everyday life in the Gaza Strip.
Norman Mellor from Meltham says: "I think Bob's heri cart is a posh name for a hurry cart.
So much of a hurry that they can't bear to read more than a few words of a sentence of instructions.