• Rushed action.
  • Urgency.
  • an incidence of a defensive player forcing the quarterback to act faster than the quarterback was prepared to, resulting in a failed offensive play.
  • A tremolando passage for violins, etc., accompanying an exciting situation.


  • To do things quickly.
  • Often with up, to speed up the rate of doing something.
  • To cause to be done quickly.
  • To hasten; to impel to greater speed; to urge on.
  • To impel to precipitate or thoughtless action; to urge to confused or irregular activity.
  • To put: to convey coal in the mine, e.g. from the working to the tramway.


  • From Middle English horien ("to rush, impel"), probably a variation of hurren, from Proto-Germanic *hurzaną ("to rush") (compare Middle High German hurren ("to hasten"), Norwegian hurre ("to whirl around")), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱers- ("to run") (compare Latin currō ("I run"), Tocharian A kursär/Tocharian B kwärsar ("league; course")). Related to hurr, horse, rush.
  • Alternative etymology derives hurry as a variant of harry, which see.

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