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 \ noun

Examples of gold rush in a Sentence

the California gold rush of 1849

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The marijuana business is touted as a modern-day gold rush by many who hope to get into the industry. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "5 things I found surprising about legal marijuana in Colorado," 12 July 2018 Buttressing Volkswagen's engineering team with Aurora makes sense given the current autonomous car gold rush, VW Group Chief Digital Officer Johann Jungwirth said. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "VW, Hyundai fans: an ex-Googler is sharing his self-driving car secrets," 4 Jan. 2018 In Silicon Valley during the mid-aughts the conventional wisdom was that the internet gold rush was largely over. Adam Fisher, WIRED, "Sex, Beer, and Coding: Inside Facebook’s Wild Early Days," 10 July 2018 Just how wild is the real-estate gold rush in Seattle? Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "Monday Morning Brief, June 11: Summit with North Korea, who Seattle’s newcomers are," 11 June 2018 In 1899, when Muir stopped in Juneau with the Harriman Expedition, the gold rush was in full swing. Anchorage Daily News, "A DIY trip through Alaska’s Inside Passage," 26 May 2018 In 1899, when Muir stopped in Juneau with the Harriman Expedition, the gold rush was in full swing. Mark Adams, New York Times, "A D.I.Y. Trip Through Alaska’s Inside Passage," 21 May 2018 The blockchain gold rush arose so quickly that UC Berkeley has just one class dedicated to the technology, a graduate-level course for business, engineering and law students that started this semester. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Blockchain job fair draws hordes of Cal students," 20 Apr. 2018 That the gold rush in Idaho attracted some of the worst criminals in the West is beyond doubt, and robbery and murder were common occurrences. Arthur Hart, idahostatesman, "In 19th century, lynchings were often debated in Idaho’s newspapers," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of gold rush

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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