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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 of jackrabbit
1925-1930
1925-30; see jack rabbit
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  • Nothing but long level stretches so bleak, so barren, that a jackrabbit could not have hidden his gaunt, gray body.

    Under Handicap Jackson Gregory
  • Only a greyhound or other long-legged dog can beat a jackrabbit running.

  • He wears a yellow buckskin kilt, a jackrabbit skin cap with down attached, and sage wristlets.

  • The jackrabbit was a pest, but the cottontail was worth getting.

    The Killer Stewart Edward White
  • We started early, having forty miles to make that day to reach Conejos (jackrabbit) the first government station on the route.

    Little Pills, An Army Story Robert Henderson McKay
  • There are seventeen miles of workings down here in the jackrabbit, let alone the Mal Pais.

    A Texas Ranger William MacLeod Raine
  • This man I'm talking to has no more authority than a jackrabbit, and he knows it.

    Cue for Quiet Thomas L. Sherred
  • The best of feeling did not exist between the owners of the jackrabbit and those of the Mal Pais.

    A Texas Ranger William MacLeod Raine
  • jackrabbit drew himself up quickly, but he was furious at interference from a source where it was wholly unexpected.

  • Far away could be heard the faltering cry of a coyote, bewailing a jackrabbit which he had not caught.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
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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