gold rush

noun
Updated on: 8 Feb 2018

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

gold rusher

play \-ˈrə-shər\ noun

Examples of gold rush in a Sentence

  1. the California gold rush of 1849

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First Known Use of gold rush

1876


GOLD RUSH Defined for English Language Learners

gold rush

noun

Definition of gold rush for English Language Learners

  • : 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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