scurry

Scurry means to move quickly, at a frenzied pace, and often also implies the urge to hide. When you come upon a mouse in your house, chances are it will scurry away.

Think of scurry this way — anytime you describe someone as scurrying, you're comparing them to a mouse. When you say troops scurried back behind their defensive lines, you're insulting them. When you say children scurry around searching for eggs during an Easter egg hunt, you think they're cute.

Definitions of scurry
  1. verb
    move about or proceed hurriedly
    “so terrified by the extraordinary ebbing of the sea that they scurried to higher ground”
    synonyms: scamper, scuttle, skitter
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    types:
    crab
    scurry sideways like a crab
    type of:
    run
    move fast by using one's feet, with one foot off the ground at any given time
  2. noun
    rushing about hastily in an undignified way
    synonyms: scamper, scramble
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    type of:
    haste, hurry, rush, rushing
    the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner
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