gold rush


Definition of gold rush

1 : a rush to newly discovered goldfields in pursuit of riches
2 : the headlong pursuit of sudden wealth in a new or lucrative field

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Other Words from gold rush

gold rusher \ -​ˈrə-​shər How to pronounce gold rusher (audio) \ noun

Examples of gold rush in a Sentence

the California gold rush of 1849
Recent Examples on the Web The McClatchy family has been in journalism since 1857, when its flagship publication, The Daily Bee, chronicled the latest for residents of Sacramento in the wake of the gold rush. Marc Tracy, New York Times, "McClatchy, a Family Newspaper Business, Heads Toward Hedge-Fund Ownership," 6 July 2020 In 1906, Nome was in the middle of its gold rush, and Sullivan was surely born to one of the many fortune seekers. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "This baseball season might be canceled, but Alaska’s history with the game goes way back," 28 June 2020 In 1874, the elk population was reduced to a single breeding pair, nearly wiped out by commercial market hunters during the gold rush, and after that, loss of elk habitat in the San Joaquin Valley to farming. Tom Stienstra,, "Want to watch an elk calf being born? Grizzly Island offers rare sight," 26 June 2020 Although their overlapping objectives may seem to make some of these missions redundant, in truth, there is so much work to be done preparing for a lunar water-ice gold rush that even more spacecraft could be required. Leonard David, Scientific American, "NASA’s Hunt for Lunar Water Intensifies," 24 June 2020 Undoubtedly, fear and anxiety spurred by the virus are the roots of this firearms gold rush. Chethan Sathya, Scientific American, "Pandemic-Related Gun Purchases Raise Suicide Risks," 17 June 2020 New York faces a gold rush after the pandemic threw precious-metal markets into disarray, setting off a scramble by traders to cut their losses. Joe Wallace, WSJ, "A Scramble for Gold Is Redrawing the Map of the Market," 11 June 2020 But as cord-cutting increases, and the gold rush of deals signed last decade begin to sunset, franchises may feel immediate and long-term effects. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Labor fights, new competition, invisible players: Why MLB may be sports' biggest loser during COVID-19 pandemic," 5 June 2020 Health experts say the world could be months, if not years, away from having a vaccine available to everyone despite the scientific gold rush now on to create such a vaccine., "New lockdown introduced as virus resurges in China," 17 May 2020

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First Known Use of gold rush

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Jul 2020

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“Gold rush.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gold rush

: a situation in which many people go quickly to a place where gold has been discovered because they hope to find more gold and become rich

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