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[ruhsh] /rʌʃ/
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
before 900; Middle English rusch, risch, Old English rysc, risc; cognate with Dutch, obsolete German Rusch
Related forms
rushlike, adjective Unabridged
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  • She was a doctor for eyes that had been made sore from being struck by mesquite leaves or by a rushlike plant called hatelypo.

    Seven Mohave Myths A. L. Kroeber
British Dictionary definitions for rushlike


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
(intransitive) to come, flow, swell, etc, quickly or suddenly: tears rushed to her eyes
(slang) to cheat, esp by grossly overcharging
(transitive) (US & Canadian) to make a concerted effort to secure the agreement, participation, etc, of (a person)
(intransitive) (American football) to gain ground by running forwards with the ball
the act or condition of rushing
a sudden surge towards someone or something: a gold rush
a sudden surge of sensation, esp produced by a drug
a sudden demand
adjective (prenominal)
requiring speed or urgency: a rush job
characterized by much movement, business, etc: a rush period
Derived Forms
rusher, noun
Word Origin
C14 ruschen, from Old French ruser to put to flight, from Latin recūsāre to refuse, reject


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; straw: not worth a rush
short for rush light
Derived Forms
rushlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English risce, rysce; related to Middle Dutch risch, Norwegian rusk, Old Slavonic rozga twig, rod
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Word Origin and History for rushlike



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.

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rushlike in Medicine

Rush (rŭsh), Benjamin. 1745-1813.

American physician, politician, and educator. A signer of the Declaration of Independence, he promoted the humane treatment of the mentally ill.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for rushlike



  1. : appears to want to give her a big rush
  2. A motion-picture print made immediately after the scene is shot (1924+ Movie studio)
  3. An intense flood of pleasure, with quickened heart rate, felt soon after ingestion of a narcotic: He didn't have to wait long for the rush (1960s+ Narcotics)
  4. A surge of pleasure; an ecstasy: To Friend, it's a kind of a rush, the last big high/ gives her a unique rush (1960s+)


  1. To court a woman ardently: He had ''rushed'' her, she said, for several months (1899+)
  2. o entertain and cultivate a student wanted as a fraternity or sorority member (1890s+ College students)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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rushlike in the Bible

the papyrus (Job 8:11). (See BULRUSH.) The expression "branch and rush" in Isa. 9:14; 19:15 means "utterly."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with rushlike
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