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"hurry" in British English

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hurryverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈhʌr.i/  us   /ˈhɝː.i/
A2 to ​move or do things more ​quickly than ​normal or to make someone do this: Hurry or you'll be late. [+ to infinitive] She hurried toanswer the ​phone. I ​refuse to be hurried into a ​decision (= to be ​forced to make a ​decision too ​quickly). After ​spending her ​lunchhourshopping, she hurried back (= ​returnedquickly) to ​work. I ​hate to hurry you, but I have to ​leave in a few ​minutes.UK Don't hurry ​yourfood (= don't ​eat it too ​quickly).

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Phrasal verbs

hurrynoun [S]

uk   /ˈhʌr.i/  us   /ˈhɝː.i/
B1 the need to ​move or do things more ​quickly than ​normal: We ​left in such a hurry that we ​forgotourtickets. "Can you ​wait a few ​minutes?" "Yes, I'm not in any hurry/I'm in no hurry (= I can ​wait)." Are you in a hurry (= ​wanting) toleave? What's (all) the hurry (for)/Why (all) the hurry? (= Why are you ​acting or ​moving so ​quickly?) "I'll ​let you have this back next ​week." "That's all ​right, there's no (​great) hurry/there isn't any (​great) hurry (= no need to do it ​quickly)."

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(Definition of hurry from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hurry" in American English

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hurryverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈhɜr·i, ˈhʌ·ri/
to move or ​actquickly, or to ​cause someone to move or ​actquickly: [I] We have to hurry if we’re going to make it there in ​time. [T] I hurried the ​kids through ​theirbreakfasts.
Phrasal verbs

hurrynoun [U]

 us   /ˈhɜr·i, ˈhʌ·ri/
the need to move or ​act more ​quickly than ​normal: We’ve got plenty of ​time – what’s the hurry (= Why hurry)? He’s in a hurry to get to a ​meeting (= ​wants to get there ​quickly). I’m in no hurry for the ​book (= I do not need it back ​quickly)– ​keep it as ​long as you ​want.
(Definition of hurry from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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