scurry

[skur-ee, skuhr-ee]
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:
1800–10; extracted from hurry-scurry

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scurry (ˈskʌrɪ)
 
vb , -ries, -rying, -ried
1.  to move about or proceed hurriedly
2.  (intr) to whirl about
 
n , -ries, -rying, -ried, -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
 
[C19: probably shortened from hurry-scurry]

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scurry
1810, perhaps from hurry-scurry (1732), a reduplication of hurry.
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Example sentences
As the party laid out a picnic, a sudden downpour sent its members scurrying
  for cover.
The first video showed a toy-size prototype scurrying across the floor.
No, there won't be scouts scurrying about checking radar guns, stopwatches and
  birth certificates.
As you would expect from an industry with a history of innovation, good and
  bad, firms are scurrying around for new opportunities.
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