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 rush (audio) \ noun

Examples of gold rush in a Sentence

the California gold rush of 1849
Recent Examples on the Web Correspondent David Pogue explains the origin and volatility of the market for NFTs (non-fungible tokens), and why content creators and speculators are generating a digital gold rush. CBS News, 9 July 2021 His discovery kicked off San Diego County’s only gold rush, which in turn transformed Julian into a proper town. San Francisco Chronicle, 1 July 2021 The format quickly spawned a gold rush, but the market has grown saturated as more looked to cash in, and sales have waned in recent months. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 28 June 2021 After he was emancipated in 1848, Robert made a small fortune in the California gold rush and eventually became a leading figure in Ohio politics. Adam J. White, WSJ, 27 June 2021 Andreessen Horowitz’s new fund comes amid a crypto gold rush. Arielle Pardes, Wired, 24 June 2021 Robert Harlan is undeniably a fascinating character who made a fortune in the California gold rush, lost a fortune racing horses in England, and served as a state legislator in Ohio. Seth Stern, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 June 2021 In this modern gold rush, for now, Beijing holds a strong early advantage. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, 2 June 2021 The busy design hides several lessons on the harsh realities of the gold rush. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 24 May 2021

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First Known Use of gold rush

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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29 Jul 2021

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“Gold rush.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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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