hurry up and wait

hurry up and wait
to prepare quickly for an activity that is then delayed.

Air travel seems to be nothing but hurry up and wait — you race to the airport two hours before your flight time, and then depart two hours late.

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  • hurry up and wait — US informal used to describe a situation in which you are 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 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hurry Up and Wait — For the single released by Britrock band Stereophonics, see Hurry Up and Wait (song)Infobox Album | Name = Hurry Up and Wait Type = Album Artist = Riddlin Kids Released = August 6, 2002 Recorded = Ardent Studios Memphis, Tennessee Genre = Punk… …   Wikipedia

  • hurry up and wait — in. to be alternately rushed and delayed in a hectic situation. (Often with the force of a modifier.) □ I hate to hurry up and wait. □ It’s always hurry up and wait around here …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • Hurry Up and Wait (song) — Infobox Single Name = Hurry Up and Wait Artist = Stereophonics from Album = Performance and Cocktails Released = 1999 Format = CD, 7 , MC Recorded = 1998 Genre = Rock Length = 4 mins 40 secs Label = V2 Records Writer = Kelly Jones Producer = Bird …   Wikipedia

  • hurry up and wait — Canadian Slang denotes a situation where something isn t well organized, is rushed into by personnel and some form of delay makes them all wait in the end …   English dialects glossary

  • hurry — hur|ry1 [ hʌri ] verb intransitive ** to do something or move somewhere very quickly: We must hurry or we shall be late back. Alec had to hurry home, but I stayed on. hurry along/through/into: She hurried along the corridor toward his office. He… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • wait — wait1 W1S1 [weıt] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(not go/start something)¦ 2¦(something has not happened)¦ 3 wait a minute/second/moment etc 4 somebody can t wait/can hardly wait 5 something can/can t wait 6 wait and see 7 wait until/till ... 8 be waiting (for… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wait — 1 /weIt/ verb 1 DELAY/NOT START STH (I) to not do something or go somewhere until something else happens, someone arrives etc: Hurry up! Everyone s waiting. | Wait right here until I come back. | wait for sth/sb: We had to wait over an hour for… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • wait — [[t]we͟ɪt[/t]] ♦ waits, waiting, waited 1) VERB: no passive When you wait for something or someone, you spend some time doing very little, because you cannot act until that thing happens or that person arrives. [V for n] I walk to a street corner …   English dictionary

  • Hurry Up, We're Dreaming — Studio album by M83 Released 18 October 2011 …   Wikipedia

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