hur·​ry-up ˈhər-ē-ˌəp How to pronounce hurry-up (audio)
: speeded up : completed in a hurry
a hurry-up dinner

Examples of hurry-up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And no Democrat backed the hurry-up nomination of Amy Coney Barrett a week before the 2020 election. Dan Rodricks, Baltimore Sun, 25 Apr. 2024 Advertisement The Eagles took the opening kickoff and went 80 yards in 10 plays, running a hurry-up offense that had Carlsbad on its heels. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Nov. 2023 No longer standing still, Ethan Garbers is running away with UCLA quarterback job Nov. 3, 2023 None could get in much of a rhythm with the exception of one hurry-up drive to end the first half. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 5 Nov. 2023 But the Cardinal switched to a conservative defense and were no match for a hurry-up Bruins offense, giving up three quick touchdowns. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2023 The Chargers immediately went into hurry-up mode and Ekeler had to remain in the game. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2023 Glover, a redshirt freshman had all three of his catches (for 75 yards) on the Spartans’ hurry-up drive that set up Carter’s TD, including an over-the-shoulder grab for 32 yards and a well-run up-and-out route for 33 yards. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 5 Sep. 2023 The rule stopping the clock on first downs dates to 1967, decades before the hurry-up offenses popularized in college games. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Aug. 2023 Each has adapted to Centennial’s unusual offensive line requirements, which have players deploy wide stances and rely on athleticism and timing to take advantage of a hurry-up offense that gets ready to snap the ball as soon as a play ends. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hurry-up was in 1902

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“Hurry-up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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