rush1 W3S2 [rʌʃ] v
1¦(move quickly)¦
2 rush to do something
3¦(do something too quickly)¦
4¦(take/send urgently)¦
5¦(make somebody hurry)¦
9¦(american universities)¦
10¦(american football)¦
Phrasal verbs
 rush around
 rush something<=>out
 rush something<=>through
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: ruser 'to drive back, deceive', from Latin recusare; RECUSE]
1.) ¦(MOVE QUICKLY)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
to move very quickly, especially because you need to be somewhere very soon
= ↑hurry
A small girl rushed past her.
Mo rushed off down the corridor.
2.) rush to do sth
to do something very quickly and without delay
I rushed to pack my suitcase before she came back.
He rushed to help his comrade.
to do or decide something too quickly, especially so that you do not have time to do it carefully or well
He does not intend to rush his decision.
rush into
I'm not rushing into marriage again.
rush through
She rushed through her script.
rush it/things
When we first met, neither of us wanted to rush things.
4.) ¦(TAKE/SEND URGENTLY)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to take or send someone or something somewhere very quickly, especially because of an unexpected problem
rush sb/sth to sth
The Red Cross rushed medical supplies to the war zone.
Dan was rushed to hospital with serious head injuries.
to try to make someone do something more quickly than they want to
I'm sorry to rush you, but we need a decision by Friday.
rush sb into (doing) sth
They felt they were being rushed into choosing a new leader.
6.) ¦(LIQUID)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
if water or another liquid rushes somewhere, it moves quickly
Water rushed through the gorge.
7.) ¦(BLOOD)¦
blood rushes to sb's face/cheeks
used to say that someone's face becomes red because they feel embarrassed
I felt the blood rush to my face as I heard my name.
8.) ¦(ATTACK)¦ [T]
to attack a person or place suddenly and in a group
They rushed the guard and stole his keys.
a) [T]
to give parties for students, have meetings etc, in order to decide whether to let them join your ↑fraternity or ↑sorority (=type of club)
b) [I and T]
to go through the process of trying to be accepted into one of these clubs
to carry the ball forward
rush around phr v
to try to do a lot of things in a short period of time
Get things ready early so that you don't have to rush around at the last minute.
rush out [rush sth<=>out] phr v
to make a new product, book etc available for sale very quickly
The new edition was rushed out just before Christmas.
rush through [rush sth<=>through] phr v
to deal with official or government business more quickly than usual
rush sth through sth
The legislation was rushed through parliament.
rush 2
rush2 n
1¦(fast movement)¦
3¦(busy period)¦
4¦(people wanting something)¦
8¦(american students)¦
[Sense: 1-6, 7-8; Date: 1300-1400; Origin: RUSH1]
[Sense: 6; Origin: Old English risc]
1.) ¦(FAST MOVEMENT)¦ [singular]
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.
2.) ¦(HURRY)¦ [singular,U]
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 sth 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 rush
the time in the day, month, year etc when a place or group of people is particularly busy
The café is quiet until the lunchtime rush begins.
the Christmas rush
→↑rush hour
a situation in which a lot of people suddenly try to do or get something
rush on
There's always a rush on swimsuits in the hot weather.
rush to do sth
the rush to put computers in all schools
→↑gold rush
5.) ¦(FEELING)¦ [singular]
a) informal a sudden strong, usually pleasant feeling that you get from taking a drug or from doing something exciting
The feeling of power gave me such a rush.
an adrenalin rush
b) rush of anger/excitement/gratitude etc
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)¦ [C usually plural]
a type of tall grass that grows in water, often used for making baskets
7.) ¦(FILM)¦
rushes [plural]
the first prints of a film before it has been ↑edited
American Equivalent: dailies
AmE 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

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