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 shop was founded by the Gump family and expanded in the late 1800s to provide high-end furnishings for customers who got rich during the California gold rush. Jonathan Randles, WSJ, "157-Year-Old Department Store Gump’s Begins Store-Closing Sale," 13 Aug. 2018 Anatomy of a modern phish The modern phishing economy is like that of a gold rush. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "How to win (or at least not lose) the war on phishing? Enlist machine learning," 7 Aug. 2018 Big tech companies have found themselves in an AI gold rush, charging into a broad range of markets from recruitment to healthcare to sell their services. James Vincent, The Verge, "When algorithms go wrong we need more power to fight back, say AI researchers," 8 Dec. 2018 But the new economic realities are pushing the Pemon away from green tourism and into a gold rush that environmentalists say may cause irreparable damage to Canaima. Kejal Vyas |, WSJ, "Desperate Venezuelans Dig Up Paradise in Search of Gold," 20 Nov. 2018 Just how intense is the real estate gold rush in Seattle? Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "When a million bucks ‘is nothing’: Bidding opens to try to save historic house," 26 Sep. 2018 Sure, League of Legends and Dota 2 will continue on apace for countless years, but the gold rush has ended—or at least moved on to newer genres, with all those MOBA companies now building battle royale games. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Heroes of the Storm winds down, Monster Hunter adds The Witcher's Geralt," 14 Dec. 2018 Instagram opened up longer video uploads to all of its users in the hopes of sparking a gold rush among creators who are disillusioned with YouTube. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Snapchat announces a slate of original programming for Discover," 10 Oct. 2018 Niger’s gold rush, which started in 2014, comes as the country’s 20 million residents have been hit by aftershocks from civil wars in neighboring Mali and Libya, the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria and recent attacks by jihadist groups. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Thousands Flock to Remote, Lawless Sahara in Search of Gold," 16 Oct. 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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