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noun [countable]     flush pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [usually singular] a red colour that appears on someone’s face because they are hot or ill, or are feeling angry, embarrassed, or excited

    A dark flush betrayed her real feelings.

  2. 2
    a piece of equipment on the toilet that makes water pass through it

    a flush toilet

  3. 3
    a group of cards held by someone in a card game that all belong to the same suit (=one of the four types of a set of cards)

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