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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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  • He was fascinated by the froth and sparkle of the gold rush, and viewed its life and movement with an artist's eye.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
  • In 1896, lured by the gold rush, he left for California with his mother, then a widow.

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

  • In fact, the run on provisions for the gold rush was so great that at one time we were almost threatened with famine.

  • When the Gila City gold rush set in Yuma was the point to which the adventurers came to reach the new city.

    Arizona's Yesterday John H. Cady
British Dictionary definitions for gold rush

gold rush

a large-scale migration of people to a territory where gold has been found
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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