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Nov 29, 2004
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with Anu Garg

Has a brief quote you read somewhere ever made you think more than you would have thought after spending several weeks with a heavy tome? Perhaps that's what Friedrich Nietzsche had in mind when he said, "It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book." In this spirit, we'll feature five short yet potent words this week.


(hy) Pronunciation RealAudio

verb tr., intr.: To hasten; to go in a hurry.

From Middle English hien, from Old English higian (to strive).

"The other week, during our morning ritual, my phone rang and I had to rush off to answer it. Talk... talk... then followed by my other pre-work activities before finally taking a bath and hieing off to work."
Stella A. Estremera; Simple Wisdom; Philippine Sun Star (Manila, Philippines); Nov 14, 2004.

"Aniston reportedly hied out of town to meet hubby Brad Pitt in Little Rock, Ark."
Michael Sneed; The Rice Report; Chicago Sun-Times; Nov 18, 2004.

See more usage examples of hie in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.


If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money. -Abigail Van Buren, advice columnist (b. 1918)

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