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gold rush

noun
  1. a large-scale and hasty movement of people to a region where gold has been discovered, as to California in 1849.
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Origin of gold rush

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80
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Historical Examples of gold rush

  • He taught me the game of cribbage, and the old game of gold-rush days—solo.

    I Married a Ranger

    Dama Margaret Smith

  • Then, more than forty years ago, came the gold-rush away up in the Stikine River country.

    The Hunted Woman

    James Oliver Curwood

  • After the gold-rush of 1849 new types of reapers sprang up on all sides.

    The Romance of the Reaper

    Herbert Newton Casson

  • At the very commencement of the gold-rush a hole had been sunk in Deadman's Flat, and soon afterwards deserted.

    Grif

    B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon

  • But Virginia had an advantage which the far west of the gold-rush days lacked.


British Dictionary definitions for gold rush

gold rush

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