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rush hour

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  1. a time of day in which large numbers of people are in transit, as going to or returning from work, and that is characterized by particularly heavy traffic.
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Origin of rush hour

First recorded in 1895–1900
Related formsrush-hour, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The streets were filled with the rush-hour floods of people.

  • The trip into the city was slow; rush-hour traffic from the port was heavy.

    Gold in the Sky

    Alan Edward Nourse

  • She was battered by the noise and shuttling of the rush-hour traffic.

    Main Street

    Sinclair Lewis

  • It takes big cars to climb those hills, let alone haul the trailers that are a feature of the Pittsburgh rush-hour traffic.

  • In ten minutes you long for the comparative ease of the rush-hour at Brooklyn Bridge.

    Painted Veils

    James Huneker

British Dictionary definitions for rush hour

rush hour

  1. a period at the beginning and end of the working day when large numbers of people are travelling to or from work
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