: any of various monocotyledonous often tufted marsh plants (as of the genera Juncus and Luzula of the family Juncaceae, the rush family) with cylindrical often hollow stems which are used in bottoming chairs and plaiting mats
Firefighters rushed to the accident scene.
The children rushed down the stairs.
I rushed home from work to get ready for the party.
She rushed to close the window when she heard the rain.
We were rushing to catch the bus.
He got nervous because they rushed him.
He rushed through his work and made a lot of careless mistakes.
Water rushed through the pipes.
The rushing water broke through the barrier. See More
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The Black Opium Illicit Green perfume has notes of black coffee essence with hints of ripe green mandarin and smooth fig, evoking a rush of energy with every spritz.—Kayla Kitts, Peoplemag, 27 Nov. 2023 Target's knocking up to 50 percent off all its artificial trees before the rush even begins.—Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, 26 Nov. 2023 His 70-yard TD run was the longest rush by an SDSU quarterback in at least three decades.—Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Nov. 2023 At one point, when Deborah from Elan Artists sang ‘Valerie’ by Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse, everyone was on their feet in a train from one room to the other, while flinging with dinner napkins around instilling a rush of energy that led to the after-party.—Alexandra MacOn, Vogue, 17 Nov. 2023 Much like a storied ocean liner, the majestic Eastern & Oriental Express is a destination unto itself, with a sultry piano bar car; an open-air lounge with wicker furniture where passengers can watch the Malaysian jungle rush by; and two restaurant carriages serving Peranakan food.—Travel + Leisure Editors, Travel + Leisure, 16 Nov. 2023 That’s encouraging, although solar installers say those numbers reflect a last-minute rush by single-family homes to secure higher incentives before net metering cuts took effect in April.—Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 Also consider returning home late in the day on Friday, before the weekend rush.—Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 16 Nov. 2023 For some Arab American small-business owners across the state, the last month has brought devastating news from abroad, a heightened level of tension and fear to their daily work routines, but also, at times, a rush of new customers eager to show support with their pocketbooks.—Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2023
Instead, Manchester United remained frantic and rushed in midfield and defence – leaving spaces all over the pitch for Galatasaray’s players to run into and past.—Liam Canning, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 With the Soviets moving swiftly across Ukraine, the Nazis rushed to destroy all evidence of their crimes; the Soviet prisoners were among 321 captives whom the Nazis ordered to reopen the mass graves and cremate the corpses of Jewish victims just before the Wehrmacht’s withdrawal.—Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Nov. 2023 This was the best team rushing performance by the Rams since their 2018 playoff win over Dallas.—Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times, 28 Nov. 2023 Baby King, who was rushed to a local hospital, died later that day, according to county prosecutors.—Emily Palmer, Peoplemag, 28 Nov. 2023 Sacramento has rushed to the left in recent decades while Tallahassee has moved to the right.—The Editorial Board, WSJ, 28 Nov. 2023 With the four-day truce due to expire Tuesday morning, aid groups rushed to increase deliveries to the enclave and Gazans braced for warplanes to return to the skies.—Susannah George, Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2023 As for his legs, Diehl had rushed for 1,234 yards and 15 TDs.—Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Nov. 2023 Detroit is 7-2 and one of the NFC’s top teams and has an offense that ranks in the top four in both rushing and passing.—Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023
The difference-maker on defense will again be rush end Jared Verse, coming off a nine-sack campaign in his first year in Tallahassee.—Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 7 Aug. 2023 This is has not been rush mode.—Evan Grant, Dallas News, 25 Mar. 2023 Others were rush jobs.—Rolling Stone, 27 Dec. 2022 Does Kimberly know not attending one pre-rush event won’t disqualify you from actually rushing?—Ashley Bardhan, Vulture, 26 Nov. 2021 See More
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Middle English, from Old English rysc; akin to Middle High German rusch rush, Lithuanian regzti to knit
Middle English russhen, from Anglo-French reuser, ruser, russher to drive back, repulse, from Latin recusare to oppose — more at recusant
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above