Meaning of “hurry (sb/sth) up” in the English Dictionary

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"hurry (sb/sth) up" in British English

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hurry (sb/sth) up

phrasal verb with hurry uk /ˈhʌr.i/ us /ˈhɝː.i/ verb [ I or T ]

B1 to move or do things more quickly than normal or to make someone do this:

Hurry up or we'll miss the train.
Could you hurry the children up, or their dinner will get cold.
hurry up and do sth

to do something very soon:

All I wanted was for those people to hurry up and leave.

More examples

  • You'll be late for your flight if you don't hurry up.
  • "Come on, hurry up!" "I'll only be a minute - I've got to lock the back door."
  • I've been sent upstairs to hurry you lot up. Aren't you dressed yet?
  • We hurried the children up as much as we could, but some of them were just too tired to walk any faster.
  • This job has to be finished today, people, so hurry it up!

(Definition of “hurry (sb/sth) up” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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