a tearing hurry

a tearing hurry

An extremely fast, hurried pace. He flew out of the office in a tearing hurry, so I never got to ask him about the software update. Sorry for being so brusque yesterday—I was running late for my daughter's recital and was in a tearing hurry.
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(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
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I have come across knocked down traffic signs and lampposts across the city which may have been the result of minor accidents but in most cases, I notice these in places where people in a tearing hurry to quickly park and run an errand tried to squeeze past traffic and pedestrian signs put up by the police or municipality.
It would have gone down as a commendable feat only if the viewer didn't get the feeling that Malhotra was in a tearing hurry to activate our tear ducts with some very manipulated scenes.