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I'm looking for a word that means 'enter a room fast and suddenly'. Using a dictionary I got the word 'to plunge' - however I'm not sure if that's correct.

When looking up 'to plunge' (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plunge) it seems not to be completely correct, especially when looking at the example sentences.

So, is 'to plunge' also used with the meaning of 'entering a room fast and suddenly'? If not, what is such a word?

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I think the proper term is 'to kramer', as in "With his wild hair askew, he kramered into the room." –  oosterwal Apr 3 '11 at 5:43
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@oosterwal: Of course! youtube.com/watch?v=XXSGV5wEv1o –  Callithumpian Apr 3 '11 at 13:50
    
@oosterwal: You should make it an answer. –  Callithumpian Apr 3 '11 at 13:56
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Burst

Definition #2 from Collins English Dictionary:

(intr) to come, go, etc., suddenly and forcibly. He burst into the room.

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For OP's exact context, burst in is definitely first choice. Barging is more likely to reference things (and people) disrupted by the sudden entry. Plunging is more often metaphorical (he plunged into his work) unless the space being entered is full of liquid (i.e. - a swimming pool) –  FumbleFingers Apr 3 '11 at 2:56
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Barge

Definition #2 (verb) from Merriam-Webster Dicitonary:

(intr) to thrust oneself heedlessly or unceremoniously. She barged through the door without even knocking

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I think "Barge" also has a feeling of violence/aggression associated with it. –  apoorv020 Apr 3 '11 at 12:46
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Consider also storm:

To move or rush tumultuously, violently, or angrily: stormed into the room.

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This one actually is a literal translation of the word in my language - I didn't know this can be said in English as well. –  pimvdb Apr 3 '11 at 9:27
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Rush

  1. To make a sudden or swift attack or charge.

Example: “He rushed into the room to break the bad news.”

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While I was making it up as a joke, @Callithumpian has encouraged me to offer "Kramering" as a real answer. Here is a definition from the Urban Dictionary, and here is a visual explanation of the origin of the term.

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She exploded into the room and hurled the knife at him.

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Suddenly and fast, as in an invasion:

They crashed into the room and made the arrest.

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irrupt

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