gold rush


: a rush to newly discovered goldfields in pursuit of riches
: the headlong pursuit of sudden wealth in a new or lucrative field
gold rusher noun

Examples of gold rush in a Sentence

the California gold rush of 1849
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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of gold rush was in 1848

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“Gold rush.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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