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



    BrE BrE//rʌʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rʌʃ//
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    fast movement
  1. 1  [singular] a sudden strong movement Shoppers made a rush for the exits. She was trampled in the rush to get out. They listened to the rush of the sea below. The door blew open, letting in a rush of cold air. He had a rush of blood to the head (= suddenly lost control of himself) and punched the man.
  2. hurry
  3. 2  [singular, uncountable] a situation in which you are in a hurry and need to do things quickly I can't stop—I'm in a rush. What's the rush? ‘I'll let you have the book back tomorrow.’ ‘There's no rush.’ The words came out in a rush. The note looked like it had been written in a rush. I’m not in any rush to get back to work. The trip to Paris was all a mad rush. a rush job (= one that has been done quickly)
  4. busy situation
  5. 3  [singular] a situation in which people are very busy and there is a lot of activity Book now and avoid the last-minute rush. The evening rush was just starting. the Christmas rush
  6. of feeling
  7. 4[singular] rush (of something) a sudden strong emotion or sign of strong emotion a sudden rush of excitement/fear/anger
  8. 5[singular] a sudden feeling of extreme pleasure or excitement Parachuting will give you the rush of a lifetime. Users of the drug report experiencing a rush that lasts several minutes.
  9. sudden demand
  10. 6[singular] rush (on/for something) a sudden large demand for goods, etc. There's been a rush on umbrellas this week. see also gold rush
  11. plant
  12. 7 [countable, usually plural] a tall plant like grass that grows near water. Its long thin stems can be dried and used for making baskets, the seats of chairs, etc. rush matting
  13. of film/movie
  14. 8rushes [plural] (specialist) the first prints of a film/movie before they have been edited
  15. in American football
  16. 9[countable] an occasion when a player or players run towards a player on the other team who has the ball There was a rush on the quarterback.
  17. 10[countable] an occasion when a player runs forward with the ball Johnson carried the ball an average of 6 yards per rush.
  18. in American colleges
  19. 11[singular] (North American English) the time when parties are held for students who want to join a fraternity or sorority rush week a rush party
  20. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 6 and noun senses 8 to 10 late Middle English: from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French ruser ‘drive back’, an early sense of the word in English, perhaps based on Latin rursus ‘backwards’. noun sense 7 Old English risc, rysc, of Germanic origin.Extra examples Do your Christmas shopping early and avoid the rush. During rush hour the drive may take up to twice as long. I’ve been in a mad rush all day. Nothing can beat that adrenalin rush. She experienced a sudden rush of emotion. She felt a rush of blood to her face. The film ended, and there was a rush for the exits. We’ve had a rush on at the office, dealing with the backlog of orders. You can see that the painting was a rush job. a last-minute rush for tickets a sudden rush of tourist traffic ‘I’ll let you have the book back tomorrow.’ ‘ There’s no rush. ’ He felt a sudden rush of excitement. I can’t stop—I’m in a rush. The Christmas rush seems to start earlier every year. The words came out in a rush. What’s the rush? When she heard his voice it was with a rush of relief. You often get an adrenalin rush as the race begins.Idioms
    give somebody/get the bum’s rush
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    (informal, especially North American English) to force somebody/be forced to leave a place quickly He was soon given the bum's rush from the club.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: rush