hurry up and wait

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hurry up and wait

Move quickly and then have to wait for something or someone. For example, We did our share in good time, but the others were several days behind so we couldn't finishit was another case of hurry up and wait. This expression dates from the 1940s and probably originated in the armed services.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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