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gold rush

a large-scale and hasty movement of people to a region where gold has been discovered, as to California in 1849.
Origin of gold rush
An Americanism dating back to 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In 1896, lured by the gold rush, he left for California with his mother, then a widow.

  • That was the beginning of the gold rush, and a rush it was, you may be sure.

    The Land of the Kangaroo

    Thomas Wallace Knox
  • So, you see, we have had a gold rush created at our very doors.

  • It resembled the gold rush to California in 1849 more than any other similar event.

    An African Adventure Isaac F. Marcosson
  • Later in the gold rush there were many scores of such cases.

    Gold Stewart White
British Dictionary definitions for gold rush

gold rush

a large-scale migration of people to a territory where gold has been found
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