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Move or cause to move at a great speed, typically in a wildly uncontrolled manner.[no object, with adverbial of direction] ‘a runaway car hurtled toward them’[with object and adverbial of direction] ‘the branch flew off and hurtled us into a ditch’
speed, rush, race, chase, bolt, bowl, dash, career, careen, cannon, sweep, whizz, buzz, zoom, flash, blast, charge, shoot, streak, run, gallop, stampede, hare, fly, wing, scurry, scud, go like the windbelt, pelt, tear, scoot, tool, zap, zip, whip, burn rubber, go like a bat out of hellbomb, bucket, shift, go like the clappersclip, boogie, hightail, barrelpost, hieView synonyms
- ‘A car was hurtling down the street the wrong way, and someone was just about to pull in to the road.’
- ‘Meanwhile I quite often see other drivers hurtling past at speeds above 30 mph.’
- ‘I stopped within 12 inches of the car in front only to check my rear view to see another car hurtling toward me from the back.’
- ‘An arctic hare the size of a collie hurtled toward me.’
- ‘I am fed up hearing cars hurtling past on that road and nothing being done about it.’
- ‘I was putting my grandson into the car, when a car came hurtling towards us so fast I thought it was going to hit us.’
- ‘George is hurtling towards me with a silver pepper pot.’
- ‘It comes to a rather steep halt, sending my - thankfully empty - coffee cup hurtling towards my lap.’
- ‘Children playing along a Swindon road feared for their lives when a car came hurtling towards them.’
- ‘Men hurtling towards a mid-life crisis have an unfortunate habit of opting either for a mistress or a motorcycle.’
- ‘After a few more minutes of trudging alone I saw Nick's car hurtling along the road at breakneck speed.’
- ‘The road was little-trafficked, though cars tended to hurtle past at alarming speeds.’
- ‘An investigation has been launched after two trains ended up hurtling towards each other on the same track.’
- ‘But only after he saw a giant mass of water hurtling towards the boat did he sense danger.’
- ‘As she said her name aloud, a bolt of lightening hurtled towards the earth and struck it with a loud boom.’
- ‘When Mr Smith opened the door, he saw a wall of water hurtling towards him.’
- ‘It had crossed the 5000 mark just a little while ago and was hurtling on all cylinders towards the 6000 mark.’
- ‘Forget the track and the horses hurtling by at breakneck speed; the real beasts were here in the stands.’
- ‘Would you ignore a truck hurtling towards you as you crossed the road?’
- ‘As he did so he caught sight of an object hurtling towards him in a rapid manner.’
Middle English (in the sense strike against, collide with): frequentative of hurt.
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