flurry

[flur-ee, fluhr-ee]
noun, plural flurries.
1.
a light, brief shower of snow.
2.
sudden commotion, excitement, or confusion; nervous hurry: There was a flurry of activity before the guests arrived.
3.
Stock Exchange.
a.
a brief rise or fall in prices.
b.
a brief, unusually heavy period of trading.
4.
a sudden gust of wind.
verb (used with object), flurried, flurrying.
5.
to put (a person) into a flurry; confuse; fluster.
verb (used without object), flurried, flurrying.
6.
(of snow) to fall or be blown in a flurry.
7.
to move in an excited or agitated manner.

Origin:
1680–90, Americanism; blend of flutter and hurry

flurriedly, adverb


2. upset, pother, stir, to-do, fuss, fluster, ado.
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flurry (ˈflʌrɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
1.  a sudden commotion or burst of activity
2.  a light gust of wind or rain or fall of snow
3.  stock exchange a sudden brief increase in trading or fluctuation in stock prices
4.  the death spasms of a harpooned whale
 
vb , -ries, -ries, -rying, -ried
5.  to confuse or bewilder or be confused or bewildered
 
[C17: from obsolete flurr to scatter, perhaps formed on analogy with hurry]

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flurry
"snow squall" 1828, Amer.Eng., probably from 17c. flurr "to scatter, fly with a whirring noise," perhaps from M.E. flouren "to sprinkle, as with flour." Sense of "commotion" first recorded 1710. As a verb, mid-18c. in the "commotion" sense; 1883 in the "snow" sense. Related: Flurried; flurries; flurrying.
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Example sentences
In the world of college admissions, these words bring about a flurry of
  discussion and debate.
Amid a flurry of banners and a cloud of dust each year, the horses tear down
  the track.
Watch coral reefs reproduce in a flurry of carefully-timed action.
It was also the latest in a flurry of combinations that is reconfiguring the
  pharmaceutical sector.
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