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noun     rush pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [singular] a sudden movement forward, especially by a crowd of people
    make a rush for something:

    Everyone made a rush for the ice cream stand.

    headlong/mad/frantic rush:

    Commuters jostled in a frantic rush to get off the subway.

    1. a.
      a sudden strong movement of liquid or air
      rush of:

      He opened the door and felt a rush of cold night air.

  2. 2
    [singular/uncountable] a situation in which you hurry to do something, especially because you do not have much time

    Sorry about the rush, but we need the figures tomorrow.

    be in a rush:

    Sorry, I can’t stop. I’m in a rush.

    be in no rush to do something:

    He was in no rush to leave.

    do something in a rush:

    I knew that I’d finished the paper in a rush, and that the final paragraph was poor.

    mad/frantic rush:

    There was a mad rush to get the house clean before they arrived.

  3. 3
    [countable] a sudden strong emotion
    rush of:

    Anne felt a rush of affection for the wise old woman.

    He fought down a sudden rush of panic.

    1. a.
      informal a strong feeling of pleasure that people get after taking some types of drugs
    2. b.
      informal a sudden feeling of excitement, pleasure, happiness, etc.

      I felt an incredible rush as I jumped from the plane.

      something is a rush:

      It was such a rush, realizing that this tiny baby was my child.

  4. 4
    [singular] a sudden interest among a lot of people in having or doing something

    A last-minute rush by Christmas shoppers boosted sales.

    rush of:

    There has been a rush of foreign investment in the country.

    rush on:

    We’ve had a rush on barbecue grills this week.

    a rush to do something:

    There was a rush to buy tickets for the concert.

  5. 5

    the rush

    the period of time during which the crowds are the largest or there is the most traffic

    Lee left home at six in the morning to avoid the rush.

    the morning/lunchtime/Christmas etc. rush:

    I decided to brave the Saturday morning rush at the mall.

    beat the rush (=avoid it):

    Beat the morning rush by walking to work.

  6. 6
    [countable] in football, an attempt to move the ball by running with it
  7. 7
    [countable] a tall plant that looks like grass and grows in water. It is used for making baskets and covering floors.
  8. 8


    [plural] cinema the first photographed scenes of a part of a movie before the director changes them in any way
  9. 9
    [singular] American the time when students at colleges and universities in the U.S. go to social events arranged by fraternities or sororities (=social organizations) in order to decide which one to join
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