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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?
See also: hurry

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 ?
She uttered a piercing shriek so that the mountains re-echoed with the sound of it, and the terrified pair had hardly dared to look out from their hiding-place when the enraged woman, with her dress and hair flying in the wind, hurried over the bridge of clouds.
In the meantime the black girl hurried on with the Prince, hastening to reach the river, where once on the other side they would for ever be out of the wicked Fairy's power.
But they had not gone many steps when the wicked Fairy hurried after them, a drawn dagger in her hand, and was close upon them, when suddenly, instead of the Prince and her daughter, she found herself in front of a great stone church, whose entrance was carefully guarded by a huge monk.
So much as they could see of the road Londonward between the houses to the right was a tumultuous stream of dirty, hurrying people, pent in between the villas on either side; the black heads, the crowded forms, grew into distinct- ness as they rushed towards the corner, hurried past, and merged their individuality again in a receding multitude that was swallowed up at last in a cloud of dust.
The butler hurried out after him as fast as his elderly limbs could run: he guessed, he knew, where the young squire was going.
Wherefore, although the good lady had been subjected to a full hour's preparation by little Miss La Creevy, and was now addressed in most lucid terms both by Nicholas and his sister, she was in a state of singular bewilderment and confusion, and could by no means be made to comprehend the necessity of such hurried proceedings.
Nicholas waved his hand carelessly, and concealing the indisposition he really felt, now that the excitement which had sustained him was over, took a hurried farewell of Newman Noggs, and left him.
Old man Denny folded his paper and hurried up the steps just as Mrs.
Resolute and wild of look, rapid of foot and yet weak and uncertain, conspicuously dressed in its black garments and with its hurried head-covering, gaunt and of an unearthly paleness, it pressed forward, taking no more heed of the throng than a sleep- walker.
I am afraid so; though my mind is so hurried, and so sorry, and has so much to pity that it has not been able to follow all I have read,' said Little Dorrit tremulously.
They were loitering about, with their hands behind them, and now and then with an anxious countenance whispered something in the ear of some of the gentlemen with papers, as they hurried by.
A clerk hurried in with a bundle of papers, and stared about him.
Whenever a horseman clattered down the road, or a driver shouted at his team, the old farmer hurried to the gate thinking that help had arrived at last.
The tumult of emotion she had been enduring for the last twelve hours seemed to have left a great calm in her; without screaming, she hurried with the candle upstairs to Bob Jakin's bedroom.
She lighted his candle, while the poor wife, snatching up her baby, burst into screams; and then she hurried down again to see if the waters were rising fast.