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scurry

[skur-ee, skuhr-ee] /ˈskɜr i, ˈskʌr i/
verb (used without object), scurried, scurrying.
1.
to go or move quickly or in haste.
verb (used with object), scurried, scurrying.
2.
to send hurrying along.
noun, plural scurries.
3.
a scurrying rush:
the scurry of little feet on the stairs.
4.
a short run or race.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; extracted from hurry-scurry
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British Dictionary definitions for scurries

scurry

/ˈskʌrɪ/
verb -ries, -rying, -ried
1.
to move about or proceed hurriedly
2.
(intransitive) to whirl about
noun (pl) -ries
3.
the act or sound of scurrying
4.
a brisk light whirling movement, as of snow
5.
(horse racing) a short race or sprint
Word Origin
C19: probably shortened from hurry-scurry
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Word Origin and History for scurries

scurry

v.

1810, perhaps from hurry-scurry (1732), a reduplication of hurry (v.). As a noun, 1823, from the verb.

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