- to move, act, or progress with speed, impetuosity, or violence.
- to dash, especially to dash forward for an attack or onslaught.
- to appear, go, pass, etc., rapidly or suddenly: The blood rushed to his face.
- Football. to carry the ball on a running play or plays.
- to perform, accomplish, or finish with speed, impetuosity, or violence: They rushed the work to make the deadline.
- to carry or convey with haste: to rush an injured person to the hospital.
- to cause to move, act, or progress quickly; hurry: He rushed his roommate to get to the party on time.
- to send, push, force, impel, etc., with unusual speed or haste: to rush a bill through Congress.
- to attack suddenly and violently; charge.
- to overcome or capture (a person, place, etc.).
- Informal. to heap attentions on; court intensively; woo: to rush an attractive newcomer.
- to entertain (a prospective fraternity or sorority member) before making bids for membership.
- to carry (the ball) forward across the line of scrimmage.
- to carry the ball (a distance) forward from the line of scrimmage: The home team rushed 145 yards.
- (of a defensive team member) to attempt to force a way quickly into the backfield in pursuit of (the back in possession of the ball).
- the act of rushing; a rapid, impetuous, or violent onward movement.
- a hostile attack.
- an eager rushing of numbers of persons to some region that is being occupied or exploited, especially because of a new mine: the gold rush to California.
- a sudden appearance or access: a rush of tears.
- hurried activity; busy haste: the rush of city life.
- a hurried state, as from pressure of affairs: to be in a rush.
- press of work, business, traffic, etc., requiring extraordinary effort or haste.
- an attempt to carry or instance of carrying the ball across the line of scrimmage.
- an act or instance of rushing the offensive back in possession of the ball.
- a scrimmage held as a form of sport between classes or bodies of students in colleges.
- rushes, Movies. daily(def 4).
- Informal. a series of lavish attentions paid a woman by a suitor: He gave her a big rush.
- the rushing by a fraternity or sorority.
- Also called flash. Slang. the initial, intensely pleasurable or exhilarated feeling experienced upon taking a narcotic or stimulant drug.
- requiring or done in haste: a rush order; rush work.
- characterized by excessive business, a press of work or traffic, etc.: The cafeteria's rush period was from noon to two in the afternoon.
- characterized by the rushing of potential new members by a sorority or fraternity: rush week on the university campus.
Origin of rush1
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- any grasslike plant of the genus Juncus, having pithy or hollow stems, found in wet or marshy places.Compare rush family.
- any plant of the rush family.
- any of various similar plants.
- a stem of such a plant, used for making chair bottoms, mats, baskets, etc.
- something of little or no value; trifle: not worth a rush.
Origin of rush2
- Benjamin,1745–1813, U.S. physician and political leader: author of medical treatises.
- his sonRichard,1780–1859, U.S. lawyer, politician, and diplomat.
Examples from the Web for rush
In a show about single women, Sex and The City was always in a rush to get to the altar—and with a man there waiting.Why Singles Should Say ‘I Don’t’ to The Self-Marriage Movement
December 30, 2014
I remember the rush when I even got close to an Asteroids game in an arcade or a pizzeria.‘Asteroids’ & The Dawn of the Gamer Age
November 29, 2014
Calamity,” Roth writes elsewhere, “when it comes, comes in a rush.American Dreams: How Bush Shaped Our Reading of Roth’s ‘The Plot Against America’
November 23, 2014
“Work permits would encourage them to rush the border,” he says.Get Ready to Start Hearing About ‘Executive Amnesty for Anchor Babies’
November 19, 2014
It will have to come to terms with the ghost of Ronald Reagan, and it will have to come to terms with Rush Limbaugh.This Republican Loved Taxes & Modern Art
November 19, 2014
She had feared he might rush his proposal through that night; he had been so much in earnest.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
There was a rush and faint roar of the flame up the chimney as the cardboard burned.
You'd go out, when I was sound asleep, and tell them when they could rush me.
From morning until night, rush'd down the clanking guillotine.
Once there was a waver in the line, such as precedes a rush.
- to hurry or cause to hurry; hasten
- to make a sudden attack upon (a fortress, position, person, etc)
- (when intr , often foll by at, in or into) to proceed or approach in a reckless manner
- rush one's fences to proceed with precipitate haste
- (intr) to come, flow, swell, etc, quickly or suddenlytears rushed to her eyes
- slang to cheat, esp by grossly overcharging
- (tr) US and Canadian to make a concerted effort to secure the agreement, participation, etc, of (a person)
- (intr) American football to gain ground by running forwards with the ball
- the act or condition of rushing
- a sudden surge towards someone or somethinga gold rush
- a sudden surge of sensation, esp produced by a drug
- a sudden demand
- requiring speed or urgencya rush job
- characterized by much movement, business, etca rush period
- any annual or perennial plant of the genus Juncus, growing in wet places and typically having grasslike cylindrical leaves and small green or brown flowers: family Juncaceae Many species are used to make baskets
- any of various similar or related plants, such as the woodrush, scouring rush, and spike-rush
- something valueless; a trifle; strawnot worth a rush
- short for rush light
Word Origin and History for rush
mid-14c. (implied in rushing), "to drive back or down," from Anglo-French russher, from Old French ruser "to dodge, repel" (see ruse). Meaning "to do something quickly" is from 1650s; transitive sense of "to hurry up (someone or something)" is from 1850. U.S. Football sense originally was in rugby (1857).
Fraternity/sorority sense is from 1896 (originally it was what the fraternity did to the student); from 1899 as a noun in this sense. Earlier it was a name on U.S. campuses for various tests of strength or athletic skill between freshmen and sophomores as classes (1860).
"plant growing in marshy ground," Old English resc, earlier risc, from Proto-Germanic *rusk- (cf. Middle Low German rusch, Middle High German rusch, German Rausch, West Frisian risk, Dutch rusch), from PIE *rezg- "to plait, weave, wind" (cf. Latin restis "cord, rope").
Old French rusche probably is from a Germanic source. Used for making torches and finger rings, also strewn on floors when visitors arrived; it was attested a type of "something of no value" from c.1300. See OED for spelling variations.
"a hasty driving forward," late 14c., from rush (v.). Sense of "mass migration of people" (especially to a gold field) is from 1848, American English. Football/rugby sense from 1857. Meaning "surge of pleasure" is from 1960s. Rush hour first recorded 1888. Rush order from 1896.
- American physician, politician, and educator. A signer of the Declaration of Independence, he promoted the humane treatment of the mentally ill.