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Recent Examples of hare from the Web
The large size of this litter could signal the mother has had a good season hunting hares.
Lynx numbers rise and fall in response to changes in the hare population.
The origin of others is harder to parse: a trip of rabbits, not to be confused with the more understandable down of hares.
Where fewer hares are available, lynx must roam larger territories to find food.
That’s on top of the on-field ineptitude and hare-brained personnel moves, mind you.
This is the classic hare vs. the tortoise scenario.
Most credible accounts suggest that the hare-brained scheme was cooked up by a handful of amateur economists and cranks who managed to convince the prime minister of its virtues.
The failure of that plan to alleviate hunger suggests to many Venezuelans that this one, too, is hare-brained.
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Origin and Etymology of hare
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Examples of hare in a Sentence
He came haring round the corner at top speed.
she's always haring off to attend to some emergency
Did You Know?
No doubt you've heard Aesop's fable about the speedy hare and the plodding tortoise. The hare may have lost that race due to a tactical error (stopping to take a nap before reaching the finish line), but the long-eared mammal's overall reputation for swiftness remains intact. It's no surprise, then, that hare is used as a verb meaning "to move quickly." The noun hare (which refers, in its most specific zoological sense, to a member of the genus Lepus, whose young are usually able to hop a few minutes after birth) is a very old word. It first appeared as hara in a Latin-Old English glossary around the year 700. The verb was in use by the end of the 19th century, and people have been "haring off" and "haring about" ever since.
Synonymsbarrel, belt, blast, blaze, blow, bolt, bomb [slang], bowl, breeze, bundle, bustle, buzz, cannonball, careen, career, chase, course, crack (on), dash, drive, fly, hurry, hasten, hie, highball, hotfoot (it), hump, hurl, hurtle, hustle, jet, jump, motor, nip, pelt, race, ram, rip, rocket, run, rush, rustle, scoot, scurry, scuttle, shoot, speed, step, tear, travel, trot, whirl, whisk, zip, zoom
Antonymscrawl, creep, poke
Related Wordsbeetle, dart, flit, scamper, scud, scuffle; stampede, streak, whiz (or whizz); gallop, jog, sprint; accelerate, quicken, step out; catch up, fast-forward, outpace, outrun, outstrip, overtake; arrow, beeline
Near Antonymsdally, dawdle, dillydally, drag, hang (around or out), lag, linger, loiter, poke, tarry; amble, lumber, plod, saunter, shuffle, stroll; decelerate, slow (down or up)
HARE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hare for English Language Learners
: to run or go very quickly
HARE Defined for Kids
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