rush - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [singular] a sudden movement forwards, especially by a crowd of people
    make a rush for something:

    Everyone made a rush for the refreshments.

    headlong/mad/frantic rush:

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

    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 pictures 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 tidy before they arrived.

  3. 3
    [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 mobile phones this week.

    a rush to do something:

    There was a rush to buy tickets for the concert.

  4. 4
    [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.

  5. 5

    the rush

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

    Lee left London at six o’clock to avoid the rush.

    the morning/lunchtime/Christmas etc rush:

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

    beat the rush (=avoid it):

    Beat the morning rush by walking to work.

  6. 6
    [countable] a tall plant that looks like grass and grows in water. It is used for making baskets and covering floors.
  7. 7


    [plural] cinema the first photographed scenes of a part of a film before the director changes them in any way
  8. 8
    [countable] in American football, an attempt to move the ball by running with it