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Topic: ILLNESS AND DISABILITY

Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Probably from the sound

gush

1 verb
     
gush1
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a) [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]MI if a liquid gushes, it flows or pours out quickly and in large quantities [= spurt]
gush out/from/down etc
Water gushed from the broken pipe.
He opened the door and smoke gushed out.
b) [transitive] if something gushes a liquid, the liquid pours out quickly and in large quantities [= spurt]:
The wound gushed blood.
2 [intransitive and transitive] to express your praise, pleasure etc in a way that other people think is too strong:
'I simply loved your book,' she gushed.
3 also gush out [intransitive] if words or emotions gush out, you suddenly express them very strongly:
All that pent up frustration gushed out in a torrent of abuse.
WORD FOCUS: praise WORD FOCUS: praise
similar words: compliment v, n, say good things about

to praise someone a lot: rave about, gush, sing somebody's praises

to praise someone in an insincere way: flatter, butter up


See also
praise
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