Hurdle and hurtle
These words are often confused.
A hurdle is an obstacle or barrier.
- The racer couldn’t clear the last hurdle.
Hurdle can also be a verb. To hurdle is to jump over a hurdle.
- The horse jumped over the hurdle.
- The horse hurdled the fence. (= The horse jumped over the fence.)
To hurtle is to go very fast.
- The truck hurtled down the road.
- The bus hurtled into the car.
- The bike hurtled along the road at 100 miles an hour.