One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verbhies, hying, hieing, hiedarchaic
no object, with adverbial of direction Go quickly.‘I hied down to New Orleans’‘I hied me to a winehouse’
be quick, hurry up, move quickly, go fast, hasten, make haste, speed, speed up, lose no time, press on, push on, run, dash, rush, hurtle, dart, race, fly, flash, shoot, streak, bolt, bound, blast, charge, chase, career, scurry, scramble, scamper, scuttle, sprint, gallop, go hell for leather, go like lightninghurry, hasten, go quickly, run, race, rush, dash, speed, hare, hurtle, fly, wing, pelt, scurry, scrambleView synonyms
- ‘We hied back to our hotel, where we took refuge under the veranda of the beachfront bar and watched the rain beat down.’
- ‘So he and the boys hie it down to Mexico to get their money back.’
- ‘Next day I hied off to Newport, always a busy spot.’
- ‘For lovers of teddy bears, drop everything and hie thee to the Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood where there is an exhibition to celebrate 100 years of the Teddy Bear.’
- ‘If you're in London and haven't been to Borough Market before, hie thee hence when you get a spare moment… it's a true foodies heaven.’
Middle English: from Old English hīgian ‘strive, pant’, of unknown origin.
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