hurry-scurry
or hurry-skurry noun Etymology: reduplication of 2hurry Date: 1754 a confused rush ; turmoilhurry-scurry adjective or adverb

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  • hurry-scurry — or hurry skurry [hʉr′ēskʉr′ē] n. [redupl. of HURRY] an agitated, confused rushing about; disorderly confusion vi. hurry scurried, hurry scurrying to hurry and scurry about; act hurriedly and confusedly adj. hurried and confused adv. in a hurried …   English World dictionary

  • hurry-scurry — 1732, probably a reduplication of HURRY (Cf. hurry) formed with awareness of SCURRY (Cf. scurry) …   Etymology dictionary

  • hurry-scurry — /hʌri ˈskʌri/ (say huree skuree) noun (plural hurry scurries) 1. headlong, disorderly haste; hurry and confusion. –adverb 2. with hurrying and scurrying. 3. confusedly; in a bustle. –adjective 4. characterised by headlong, disorderly flight or… …   Australian English dictionary

  • hurry-scurry — n 1. haste, rush, precipitation; confusion, disorder; agitation, perturbation, disquietude, fidgetiness, dither, jitters, Inf. stew, Inf. sweat, Inf. cold sweat; flurry, flutter, fuss, furor, ruffle, turmoil, commotion; stir, whirl, pother, Dial …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • hurry scurry — Synonyms and related words: a corps perdu, ado, agitation, amain, apace, at once, brouhaha, bundle, bustle, by forced marches, carelessly, chase, commotion, crowd, cursorily, dash, dash off, dash on, desperately, disturbance, double time, drive,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • hurry-scurry — /herr ee skerr ee, hur ee skur ee/, n., adv., adj. n. 1. headlong, disorderly haste; hurry and confusion. adv. 2. with hurrying and scurrying. 3. confusedly; in a bustle. adj. 4. characterized by headlong, disorderly flight or haste. Also, hurry… …   Universalium

  • hurry-scurry — n., adj., & adv. n. disorderly haste. adj. & adv. in confusion. Etymology: jingling redupl. of HURRY …   Useful english dictionary

  • hurry-scurry — hur•ry scur•ry or hur•ry skur•ry [[t]ˈhɜr iˈskɜr i, ˈhʌr iˈskʌr i[/t]] n. 1) headlong, disorderly haste 2) with hurrying and scurrying 3) confusedly 4) characterized by haste • Etymology: 1725–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • scurry — ► VERB (scurries, scurried) ▪ move hurriedly with short quick steps. ► NOUN ▪ a situation of hurried and confused movement. ORIGIN abbreviation of hurry scurry, from HURRY(Cf. ↑hurry) …   English terms dictionary

  • scurry — [skʉr′ē] vi. scurried, scurrying [< hurry scurry, redupl. of HURRY, prob. suggested by SCOUR2] to run hastily; scamper vt. to cause to scurry n. 1. the act or sound of scurrying 2. a short run or race …   English World dictionary

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