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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: Probably copying the action

hurry

1 verb
     
hur‧ry1 past tense and past participle hurried, present participle hurrying, third person singular hurries
1 [intransitive and transitive] to do something or go somewhere more quickly than usual, especially because there is not much time [= rush]:
If we hurry, we'll get there in time.
I hate having to hurry a meal.
We'll have to hurry otherwise we'll miss the start.
There's no need to hurry. We've got plenty of time.
hurry to do something
They were hurrying to catch their train.
hurry through/along/down etc
She hurried down the corridor as fast as she could.
hurry after
John hurried off after his girlfriend.
2 [transitive] to make someone do something more quickly [= rush]:
Don't hurry me. I'm doing this as fast as I can.
hurry somebody into (doing) something
She doesn't want to be hurried into making a decision.
3 [transitive always + adverb/preposition] to take someone or something quickly to a place [= rush]
hurry something to/through/across etc something
Emergency supplies have been hurried to the areas worst hit by the famine.

hurry up

phrasal verb
1

hurry up!

spoken used to tell someone to do something more quickly:
Hurry up, we're late!
2

hurry somebody/something up

to make someone do something more quickly or to make something happen more quickly:
See if you can hurry things up a little.

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