rushrush2 ●●○ noun 1 fast movement [singular]HURRY a sudden fast movement of things or peoplerush 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.2 hurry [singular, uncountable]HURRY 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.3 → the rush4 people wanting something [singular]HURRY a situation in which a lot of people suddenly try to do or get somethingrush on There’s always a rush on swimsuits in the hot weather.rush to do something the rush to put computers in all schools → gold rush5 feeling [singular] a) informalEXCITED 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. an adrenalin rush b) rush of anger/excitement/gratitude etcSTRONG FEELING OR BELIEF a sudden very strong feeling of anger etc I felt a rush of excitement when she arrived. A rush of jealousy swept through her.6 plant [countable usually plural]HBP a type of tall grass that grows in water, often used for making baskets7 → rushes8 american students [uncountable] American EnglishSEC 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 rush week
Examples from the Corpusrush• rush week• From the darkness behind her there came a rush of wings.• Even with a rush of students, the building maintained its dignity.• a rush party• Slow down! What's the big rush?• the Christmas rush• The accident happened during the evening rush.• There was a furious rush to have everything ready for the opening night.• And when you stood hesitating before you unhitched the bow line, rush built to flood.• I had forgotten my wallet in the usual Monday morning rush.• But Peacock, 24, is in no rush to quit Tyneside.• I can write fast enough, and there is no rush.• Skateboarding is a real rush once you know how to do it.• But as the rush died down it became apparent that her resolute determination would not be needed.• Peter suggested keeping on until half an hour into the rush hour but no longer as it looked like being particularly crowded today.mad rush• Twenty five minutes past twelve came and there was a mad rush to the dinner hall.• Towards evening I went in search of bed and breakfast; the mad rush to the west could wait.be in a rush• As soon as he found out I was a convicted felon, he was in a rush to be friends.• He was in a rush again.• I was in a rush as usual but I had to stop.• Everybody seemed to be in a rush.• Neither of us was in a rush to push things to the next stage.rush to do something• On a Sunday at family worship, it may be that there has been a rush to get to the service.• A belated rush to help is under way, complete with the good intentions and hazards that hasty rescues invariably bring.• I felt the blood rush to my face.• What did you imagine I might do? Rush to your competitors?• There had been the inevitable rush to get final items aboard before we sailed.• Too often we ignore who children are in the rush to cover material.• The military was leery of the rush to war.• The rush to Berkshire had been pointless.