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Definition of hurry noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

hurry

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈhʌri//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɜːri//
 
 
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  •  [uncountable, singular] the need or wish to get something done quickly Take your time—there's no hurry. In my hurry to leave, I forgot my passport. What's the hurry? The train doesn't leave for an hour.
  • Word Origin late 16th cent. (as a verb): imitative.Extra examples I was late for work and in a big hurry. In his hurry to leave, he forgot his briefcase. She’s in no hurry to find out how much her phone bill comes to. They were in a hurry to set off. Alice was in a tearing hurry, as usual. I don’t mind waiting—I’m not in any particular hurry. In my hurry to leave, I forgot my passport. Serve this lady first—I’m in no hurry. Sorry, I haven’t got time to do it now—I’m in a hurry. Take your time—there’s no hurry. We were in no hurry to get back to work after the break. What’s the hurry? The train doesn’t leave for an hour.Idioms
    1. 1  very quickly or more quickly than usual He had to leave in a hurry.
    2. 2  not having enough time to do something Sorry, I haven't got time to do it now—I'm in a hurry. Alice was in a tearing hurry as usual.
    in a hurry to do something
     
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     impatient to do something My daughter is in such a hurry to grow up. Why are you in such a hurry to sell?
      in no hurry (to do something), not in a/any hurry (to do something)
       
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    1. 1  having plenty of time I don't mind waiting—I'm not in any particular hurry. Serve this lady first—I’m in no hurry.
    2. 2  not wanting or not willing to do something We were in no hurry to get back to work after the holiday.
    somebody will not do something again in a hurry
     
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     (informal) used to say that somebody does not want to do something again because it was not enjoyable I won't be going there again in a hurry—the food was terrible.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hurry