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verb flush pronunciation in British English /flʌʃ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleflushing
past tenseflushed
past participleflushed
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] if someone flushes, their face becomes red because they are hot or ill, or are feeling angry, embarrassed, or excited
    Lisa flushed and looked away.
    flush with: Mark flushed with annoyance, but said nothing.
    someone’s face/cheeks flush (with something): Her cheeks flushed with embarrassment.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to make water pass through a toilet
    1. a.



      flush away

      [transitive] to get rid of something by putting it into a toilet and flushing it
      flush something down the toilet: If any medicine is left over, flush it down the toilet.
    2. b.
      [intransitive] if a toilet flushes, water passes through it
      The loo won’t flush!
  3. 3
    [transitive] to clean something by pouring a lot of water over it or through it
    Hot water is then flushed through the pipe.
  4. 4



    flush out

    [transitive] to force a person or animal to leave a place where they have been hiding
    flush someone from something: The rebels were flushed from their hiding places and shot.

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