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Definition of flush verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    flush

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//flʌʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//flʌʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flush
    BrE BrE//flʌʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//flʌʃ//
     
    he / she / it flushes
    BrE BrE//ˈflʌʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈflʌʃɪz//
     
    past simple flushed
    BrE BrE//flʌʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//flʌʃt//
     
    past participle flushed
    BrE BrE//flʌʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//flʌʃt//
     
    -ing form flushing
    BrE BrE//ˈflʌʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈflʌʃɪŋ//
     
    Embarrassment, Anger
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] (of a person or their face) to become red, especially because you are embarrassed, angry or hot She flushed with anger. + adj. Sam felt her cheeks flush red. flush something A rosy blush flushed her cheeks. See related entries: Embarrassment, Anger
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] flush (something) when a toilet flushes or you flush it, water passes through it to clean it, after a handle, etc. has been pressed
  3. 3[transitive] to clean something by causing water to pass through it flush something out (with something) Flush the pipe out with clean water. flush something through something Flush clean water through the pipe.
  4. 4[transitive] flush something + adv./prep. to get rid of something with a sudden flow of water They flushed the drugs down the toilet. Drinking lots of water will help to flush toxins out of the body. Gallons of toxic waste were flushed into the sea.
  5. Word Originverb Middle English (in the sense ‘move rapidly, spring up’, especially of a bird ‘fly up suddenly’): symbolic, fl- frequently beginning words connected with sudden movement; perhaps influenced by flash and blush. Extra examplesHe flushed scarlet with embarrassment. He made his excuses, flushing guiltily. Her face flushed in anger. A patient with a fever may be very hot and flushed. He flushed with anger at her reply. She felt her cheeks flush red and she looked away in embarrassment. Phrasal Verbsflush out somebody
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