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hurry-scurry

[hur-ee-skur-ee, huhr-ee-skuhr-ee] /ˈhɜr iˈskɜr i, ˈhʌr iˈskʌr i/
noun
1.
headlong, disorderly haste; hurry and confusion.
adverb
2.
with hurrying and scurrying.
3.
confusedly; in a bustle.
adjective
4.
characterized by headlong, disorderly flight or haste.
Also, hurry-skurry.
Origin
1725-1735
1725-35
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British Dictionary definitions for hurry-skurry

hurry-scurry

adverb
1.
in frantic haste
adjective
2.
hasty and disorderly
noun
3.
disordered haste
verb (intransitive)
4.
to rush about in confusion
Word Origin
C18: reduplication of hurry; compare helter-skelter
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Word Origin and History for hurry-skurry

hurry-scurry

1732, probably a reduplication of hurry formed with awareness of scurry.

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