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jackrabbit

[jak-rab-it] /ˈdʒækˌræb ɪt/
adjective
1.
resembling a jack rabbit, as in suddenness or rapidity of movement:
The car made a jackrabbit start when the traffic light turned green.
verb (used without object)
2.
to go or start forward with a rapid, sudden movement.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; see jack rabbit
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Examples from the web for jackrabbit
  • The jackrabbit evaded its predators by combining speed and long leaps that quickly changed direction.
  • The jackrabbit is found in the open prairies and sparsely vegetated deserts.
Word Origin and History for jackrabbit
n.

1863, American English, shortening of jackass-rabbit (1851), so called for its long ears. Proverbial for bursts of speed (up to 45 mph).

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