hurry up and wait

Definition of hurry up and wait

US, informal

  1. —used to describe a situation in which one is forced to spend a lot of time waiting My father says that all he did in the army was hurry up and wait. ; sometimes used as a noun phrase Traveling often involves a lot of hurry up and wait.

Word by Word Definitions

hurryplay
  1. :  to carry or cause to go with haste

    :  to impel to rash or precipitate action

    :  to impel to greater speed :  prod

  1. :  disturbed or disorderly activity :  commotion

    :  agitated and often bustling or disorderly haste

    :  a state of eagerness or urgency :  rush

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

waitplay
  1. :  to stay in place in expectation of :  await

    :  to delay serving (a meal)

    :  to serve as waiter for

  1. :  a state or attitude of watchfulness and expectancy

    :  one of a band of public musicians in England employed to play for processions or public entertainments

    :  one of a group who serenade for gratuities especially at the Christmas season


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