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

Other Words from gold rush

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

Examples of gold rush in a Sentence

the California gold rush of 1849
Recent Examples on the Web Despite this gold rush, not a whole lot of cash has been splashed in hip-hop. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 13 Sep. 2022 But the technology is expensive, hard to scale, and—the bit that really rankles—is turning into a gold rush for the very same companies that drill and burn fossil fuels. Gideon Lichfield, Wired, 9 Aug. 2022 Of course, the sustainability of any private enterprise depends on making money, and the prospects for a gold rush on the moon are still speculative. Rebecca Boyle, Scientific American, 28 July 2022 Gold in China, gold in New Guinea, the Gold Rush in California, and fifty years later the gold rush in the Klondike area of the Yukon. Paul Theroux, Harper’s Magazine , 17 Aug. 2022 The result was a rare open seat in the heart of New York City, and a political gold rush that drew a dozen or so candidates, including Mr. Jones, the congressman who currently represents Rockland County and parts of Westchester. New York Times, 5 Aug. 2022 DeAngelo, a former dealer turned dispensary owner, was the driving force behind Proposition 64, which legalized recreational cannabis in California in 2016, unleashing a state-by-state legalization gold rush. Will Yakowicz, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 The mandates unleashed a gold rush, with large investors working to consolidate the fragmented provider landscape and build up regional platform companies specializing in the expensive, time-consuming therapy. Erika Fry, Fortune, 29 July 2022 Love, whose family traveled generations ago from Ohio to join the gold rush, put her home on the market this year and quickly accepted an offer. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, 17 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of gold rush

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Gold rush.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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