gold rush

noun

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

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This prompted something akin to the Klondike gold rush that happened 150 years later. William L. Iggiagruk Hensley, Quartz, "Long before Trump’s Greenland offer, the US bought a chunk of the Arctic for a bargain," 19 Aug. 2019 Robert McDonald was on Birch Creek near Central in 1863 and found gold on a tributary of that creek 35 years before the Klondike gold rush. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s early explorers were tough buzzards when it came to traveling and camping," 6 Aug. 2019 For a while, as the tale takes Wilson and Addison from their parents’ California home to the Alaska gold rush, this works well. New York Times, "Review: Sondheim’s Bumpy ‘Road Show,’ Now at the End of the Line," 25 July 2019 At the southern edge of the Sahara, a West African gold rush is under way. Robert Draper, National Geographic, "Surrounded by chaos, Niger is a nation on the edge," 17 June 2019 Meanwhile, Silicon Valley is driving a different sort of gold rush around anti-aging and longevity (Quartz membership exclusive). Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "FaceApp only shows the older version of ourselves we want to see," 19 July 2019 Much of it was on the west coast with the gold rush and the development of California. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Indian immigrants have it bad in Donald Trump’s America. But the early 1900s were worse," 16 July 2019 The company’s revenues had soared during the gold rush, increasing from $275 million in the first half of 2017 to $2.2 billion in the last half. Mark Dent, WIRED, "The Hard-Luck Texas Town That Bet on Bitcoin—and Lost," 11 July 2019 Had he been allowed a prolonged run as manager at club level, all signs indicate that a further gold rush would have followed. SI.com, "Franz Beckenbauer: The German Giant Whose Playing Career Overshadowed His Managerial Genius," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of gold rush

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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gold rush

noun

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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