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mad rush

A wild hurry, as in I was in a mad rush to get to the bank on time to cash my check, or Why the mad rush? We have lots of time before the concert starts. The use of in a rush for “being in a hurry” dates from the second half of the 1800s, and mad, for “frenzied,” serves merely as an intensifier.
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  • A mad rush of anger sent him leaping in amongst the combatants.

    White Fang Jack London
  • It had broken all bonds, swept everything aside in its mad rush.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • There was a mad rush like the sudden swoop of some tremendous hawk.

    Dwellers in the Hills Melville Davisson Post
  • Out of the water rose a flock of duck with a mad rush as we hove in sight.

    Beasts, Men and Gods Ferdinand Ossendowski
  • She had not moved from the doorway since Sarah and Shirley had brushed past her in their mad rush.

    Rosemary Josephine Lawrence
  • What did it signify—this mad rush to get round a corner to creep into a hole?

    The Tyranny of the Dark Hamlin Garland
  • What were the thoughts that filled her mind during that mad rush?

  • Then, with a thundering like peal came the mad rush of waters.

    The Johnstown Horror James Herbert Walker
  • Forced march, and midnight raid, and mad rush of battle were over.

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