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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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Examples from the web for scurry
  • scurry dived to her left, got a hand on the ball but could not keep it out of the net.
  • On campus you scurry past us in the halls, being careful not to learn our names.
  • Lizards can scurry across ceilings and dash across water.
  • Insects, spiders and other tiny monsters that scurry across floors or fly through the air are frightening enough.
  • scurry couldn't catch a cold in that game and is so old she can't even get a goal kick past half field.
  • We are now watching the rats scurry about before they start jumping.
  • Snakes, crocodiles, and crabs scurry and swim about the forest floor.
  • Of course all of these have been show to you repeatedly and all you do is scurry off.
  • The field marshal in charge of the rocket base looks on, while launch pad workers scurry in the upper left background.
  • They can't fly, but they can scurry quite quickly over floors, walls and ceilings.
British Dictionary definitions for scurry

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 scurry
v.

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

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