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verb     flush pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleflushing
past tenseflushed
past participleflushed
  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]Sound effect 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
  4. 4



    flush out

    [transitive] to force a person or animal to leave a place where they have been hiding

    Today we flushed four pheasant and three rabbits.

    flush someone from something:

    The rebels were flushed from their hiding places and shot.

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