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

     

    stampede

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//stæmˈpiːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stæmˈpiːd//
     
    [countable, usually singular]
     
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  1. 1a situation in which a group of people or large animals such as horses suddenly start running in the same direction, especially because they are frightened or excited A stampede broke out when the doors opened.
  2. 2a situation in which a lot of people are trying to do or achieve the same thing at the same time Falling interest rates has led to a stampede to buy property.
  3. Word Origin early 19th cent.: Mexican Spanish use of Spanish estampida ‘crash, uproar’, of Germanic origin; related to the verb stamp.
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