Definition of bush noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bʊʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bʊʃ//
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  1. 1   [countable] a plant that grows thickly with several hard stems coming up from the root a rose bush holly bushes compare tree See related entries: Plants
  2. 2[countable] a thing that looks like a bush, especially an area of thick hair or fur
  3. 3(also the bush) [uncountable] an area of wild land that has not been cleared, especially in Africa and Australia; in New Zealand an area where the forest has not been cleared
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French bos, bosc, variants of bois ‘wood’, reinforced by Old Norse buski, of Germanic origin and related to Dutch bos and German Busch. The sense ‘uncultivated country’ is probably directly from Dutch bos.Extra examples She was hiding in the bushes at the side of the lane. They went out into the bush. a large clump of rose bushes hills that have become a wasteland after the removal of native bush to prune the rose bushes Children are taught from an early age how to survive in the bush.Idioms
    beat about the bush (British English) (North American English beat around the bush)
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    to talk about something for a long time without coming to the main point Stop beating about the bush and tell me what you want.
    a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
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    (saying) it is better to keep something that you already have than to risk losing it by trying to get much more
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bush