verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- 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).
- 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.
Origin of rush1
Examples from the Web for rushed
Both officers were rushed to Woodhull Hospital where they were pronounced dead.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish|M.L. Nestel|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ramos and Liu were now rushed to nearby Woodhull Hospital, where one was pronounced dead.
Both Mayor De Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton rushed to the hospital.
For days, the ruble has been falling and salaries shrinking; shoppers have rushed to snap up TV sets and washing machines.After His Disastrous Annual Press Conference, Putin Needs A Hug|Anna Nemtsova|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After our helicopter crashed in the courtyard, Jimbo and I rushed inside the house.
Half a dozen times he rushed hither and yon, but at all times he felt the spring of the splendid toy in my hand.Mr. Dide, His Vacation in Colorado|Lewis B. France
The recollection of a certain fact, not known to all Speckport as it was to him, rushed upon his memory.A Changed Heart|May Agnes Fleming
He rushed to the window; it was too high to jump from, and already George was on the landing.Love and the Ironmonger|F. J. (Frederick John) Randall
Kate, who was fond of Mr. Twentyman, rushed up and opened the front door at once.The American Senator|Anthony Trollope
The Prophet rose and rushed at her; but Sarah, with the quickness of lightning, flew between them.The Black Prophet: A Tale Of Irish Famine|William Carleton
Word Origin for rush
Word Origin 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.
see bum's rush; fools rush in where angels fear to tread; mad rush; (rush) off someone's feet.