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|Origin:||Old English risc|
a sudden fast movement of things or people
rush of air/wind/water
She felt a cold rush of air as she wound down her window.
in a rush
Her words came out in a rush.
At five past twelve there was a mad rush to the dinner hall.
a situation in which you need to hurry:
I knew there would be a last-minute rush to meet the deadline.
Don't worry, there's no rush. We don't have to be at the station until 10.
do something in a rush (=do something quickly because you need to hurry)
I had to do my homework in a rush because I was late.
be in a rush
I'm sorry, I can't talk now - I'm in a rush.
the time in the day, month, year etc when a place or group of people is particularly busy [↪ peak]: ➔ rush hour
The café is quiet until the lunchtime rush begins.
the Christmas rush
a situation in which a lot of people suddenly try to do or get something
people wanting something[singular]
There's always a rush on swimsuits in the hot weather.
rush to do something➔ gold rush
the rush to put computers in all schools
a sudden strong, usually pleasant feeling that you get from taking a drug or from doing something exciting [↪ high]:
The feeling of power gave me such a rush.
a sudden very strong feeling of anger etc:
I felt a rush of excitement when she arrived.
A rush of jealousy swept through her.
a type of tall grass that grows in water, often used for making baskets
plant[countable usually plural]HBP
the first prints of a film before it has been edited [= dailies American English]
the time when students in American universities who want to join a fraternity or sorority (=type of club) go to a lot of parties in order to try to be accepted:
american students[uncountable] American EnglishSEC