Hurry Up

Meaning of Idiom ‘Hurry Up’

To hurry up means go as quickly as you can; hurry faster. 1Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003.

Usage

To hurry means to go quickly. Often, hurry is used as a command as in “Hurry or we’re going to be late.” Hurry up is used as a more emphatic way of saying hurry, meaning, in essence, to hurry faster or hurry more.

Examples of Use

“Hurry up! The movie starts as 7 o’clock!”

“If you don’t hurry up we’re going to have to leave without you.”

“Could you hurry up in there?” yelled the man through the bathroom door. “There are other people who need the restroom out here!”

“You better go hurry up the kids and make sure they put on actual clothes. Last time, Sammy came down in his pajamas.”

“He hurried up through his dinner so he could get to his meeting on time.”

Origin

Used since at least the late 1800s.

Up is often used idiomatically to mean more.

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1. Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003.