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
Synonyms for rush
Antonyms for rush
Origin of rush2
Related Words for rushesstream, flow, blitz, surge, dash, flood, scramble, onslaught, violence, assault, storm, shoot, fly, run, zip, charge, dispatch, barrel, press, bolt
Examples from the Web for rushes
Contemporary Examples of rushes
Lohse rushes Sigma Alpha Epsilon, gets a bid, endures pledge term, and then submits to the dehumanizing rigors of Hell Night.An Ivy League Frat Boy’s Shallow Repentance
November 24, 2014
At this point, Franco says an abrupt “goodbye” and rushes off to the theater for a matinee performance.James Franco Uncensored: The Actor on Broadway, NYT Hate, and That Half-Naked Instagram
May 4, 2014
Traffic is still dense along Hicks Street but no one rushes him.With the Fireman of Brooklyn’s Company 224 as They Observe the Fallen
Maurice Emerson Decaul
September 12, 2013
Then the filmmakers show Anwar the rushes and ask him for feedback.Indonesian Killers Brought to Justice 50 Years Too Late in ‘The Act of Killing’
July 28, 2013
Meanwhile, Annie ends things with Walter at the Rainbow Room and rushes to the Empire State Building to meet Sam.The 20th Anniversary of Nora Ephron’s ‘Sleepless in Seattle’: Best Moments
June 26, 2013
Historical Examples of rushes
The youth pondered, and drew a plan amongst the rushes with the point of his staff.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
She is about to offer him her cheek, then salutes instead, and rushes off, with Roger in pursuit.Echoes of the War
J. M. Barrie
At length, unable to endure it longer, he rushes out into the air.A Dish Of Orts
Each repels its like and rushes to the embrace of its opposite.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
There were no rushes to make water-wheels of, and no brooks to set them turning in.Wilfrid Cumbermede
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.