1. Simple voluntary action


[Antonyms: leisure.]

[Nouns] haste, urgency; despatch, dispatch; acceleration, spurt, spirt, forced march, rush, dash; velocity [more]; precipitancy, precipitation, precipitiousness; impetuosity; brusquerie; hurry, drive, scramble, bustle, fuss, fidget, flurry, flutter, splutter.

[Verbs] haste, hasten; make haste, make a dash; hurry on, dash on, whip on, push on, press on, press forward; hurry, skurry, scuttle along, bundle on, dart to and fro, bustle, flutter, scramble; plunge, plunge headlong; dash off; rush (violence) [more]; express.

bestir oneself (be active) [more]; lose no time, lose not a moment, lose not an instant; make short work of; make the best of one's time, make the best of one's way.

be precipitate; jump at, be in haste, be in a hurry; have no time, have not a moment to lose, have not a moment to spare; work against time.

quicken [more]; accelerate, expedite, put on, precipitate, urge, whip; railroad.

[Adjectives] hasty, hurried, brusque; scrambling, cursory, precipitate, headlong, furious, boisterous, impetuous, hotheaded; feverish, fussy; pushing.

in haste, in a hurry; in hot haste, in all haste; breathless, pressed for time, hard pressed, urgent.

[Adverbs] with haste, with all haste, with breathless speed; in haste; apace (swiftly) [more]; amain; all at once (instantaneously) [more]; at short notice, immediately (early) [more]; posthaste; by cable, by express, by telegraph, by forced marches.

hastily, precipitately; helter-skelter, hurry-skurry, holus-bolus; slapdash, slap-bang; full-tilt, full drive; heels over head, head and shoulders, headlong, a corps perdu.

by fits and starts, by spurts; hop skip and jump.

[Phrases] sauve qui peut, devil take the hindmost, no time to be lost; no sooner said than done (early) [more]; a word and a blow; maggire fretta minore atto; ohne Hast aber ohne Rast [German] [Goethe's motto]; "stand not upon the order of your going but go at once" [Macbeth]; "swift, swift, you dragons of the night" [Cymbeline].

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