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1. To move faster. In this usage, the phrase is often used as an imperative. Hurry up, kids, lunch is getting cold! Would you hurry up already? I'd like to get to the concert before it's over.
2. To cause someone or something to move faster. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "hurry" and "up." Can you hurry the kids up? Lunch is getting cold. Any chance we can hurry up this meeting? I have dinner reservations.
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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.
hurry upand hurry on
to move faster. Hurry up! You're going to be late. Please hurry on. We have a lot to do today.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.