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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 Originlate 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. 1having 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. 2not 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