hy·​per·​drive | \ ˈhī-pər-ˌdrīv How to pronounce hyperdrive (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web And this strategy often takes place during highly competitive holiday season shopping periods when businesses go into hyperdrive. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: On family annihilators, lockup disparities and falling for sales," 6 Dec. 2019 Recall the loud, fuzzy modem crash as the Millennium Falcon went into hyperdrive, or the psychedelic portal opening in 2001. Whet Moser, Quartz, "A series of mysterious bleeps and bloops defined the early days of the internet," 15 Oct. 2019 Those words, uttered during a postgame rant in which Maddon alleged the Cardinals purposely hit Anthony Rizzo, sent the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry, then 113 years old, into hyperdrive. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Cubs’ immediate future may be shaped by 7 games vs. the Cardinals in the last 11 days of the season," 18 Sep. 2019 One of the coolest parts of the Star Wars franchise is when spaceship pilots engage the hyperdrive, which allows them to jump around the galaxy faster than the speed of light. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Our Galaxy Is Really Greasy and Smells Like Moth Balls," 28 June 2018 Pittsburgh’s offense spent part of last season lost in the woods before hitting hyperdrive. Conor Orr, SI.com, "AFC North Offseason Report Cards: Browns on the Rise, Steelers Vulnerable, Marvin on the Brink, Lamar Jackson Is the X-Factor," 5 June 2018 The Star Wars machine pushes forward in hyperdrive. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Solo film review: Best when it embraces its favorite action-movie urges," 24 May 2018 No citizen should be denied his or her dose of galactic hyperdrive; curb that prerogative, and the Supreme Court would have something to say on the matter. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Solo: A Star Wars Story” and “How to Talk to Girls at Parties”," 4 June 2017 By the time each team arrived in San Antonio, the hype had hit hyperdrive. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc: If Bearcats and Musketeers should meet for the title ...," 27 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of hyperdrive

1973, in the meaning defined above

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19 Dec 2019

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“Hyperdrive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperdrive?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=h&file=hyper01v. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hyperdrive

chiefly US, informal : a state of extremely fast activity

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