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  • adj. Rushed; panicked; overly busy or preoccupied.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of harry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. same as harassed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances


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  • He recalled harried efforts to bury corpses found on the roadside even as he and his neighbors tried to organize their families to flee the area.


  • It never made sense to me theologically or morally--it anthropomorphizes God into a kind of harried Big Chief in the sky whose decision making processes are influenced by the squeaky wheels.

    E-Mails to God and Glenn Beck

  • When he explained to The Believer magazine that the travel demands were too much, the interviewer asked, "So the post has an august reputation, but to actually be sitting in the office is a kind of harried, exhausting and distracting experience?"

    The Reluctant Poet Laureate

  • They were kind of harried, but while I was running around, up and down the stairs at least 500 times over the course of the day, I was never really stressed.

    It takes a village

  • FRANCIS: Do you find that people are kind of harried here, they're really -- they're out of emotional gas at this point to deal with it?

    CNN Transcript Sep 21, 2001

  • And as he could not make them conform he "harried" them so that many were glad to leave the land to escape tyranny.

    This Country of Ours: The Story of the United States

  • I had been so "harried" of late, that I felt a certain relief in being settled _somewhere_.

    Border and Bastille

  • Another American priest who frequently visits the Vatican described the pope as "harried," which is an unsettling adjective, given that it is so rarely applied to Benedict, an academic by profession and disposition who always acts very deliberately and is rarely knocked off his game by daily events and pressures.

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  • Only 3 tables - 8 people in the place; certainly not enough for the wait person to be "harried" (as she definitely was). stories

  • As Elena begins her introductions, a harried mother in a work uniform rushes in late with her daughter, who looks at the floor in embarrassment.

    American Grace


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