rush hour

noun

Definition of rush hour

: a period of the day when the demands especially of traffic or business are at a peak

Examples of rush hour in a Sentence

We got caught in the morning rush hour.

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After the last presidential election, the advance guard of the resistance sat during rush hour in the middle of intersections. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Serena Williams’s Time Out," 12 Sep. 2018 Congestion pricing schemes already in use in a few foreign cities — London, Stockholm, Singapore, a few others — charge more for vehicles operated during rush hour or in downtown or highway locations prone to congestion. John Gallagher, chicagotribune.com, "Driverless cars may make traffic worse, not better," 10 Apr. 2018 Congestion pricing schemes already in use in a few foreign cities — London, Stockholm, Singapore, a few others — charge more for vehicles operated during rush hour or in downtown or highway locations prone to congestion. John Gallagher, ajc, "Driverless cars may make traffic worse, not better," 8 Apr. 2018 Congestion pricing schemes already in use in a few foreign cities — London, Stockholm, Singapore, a few others — charge more for vehicles operated during rush hour or in downtown or highway locations prone to congestion. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Driverless cars may make traffic worst, not better," 5 Apr. 2018 Chinese commuters ride bike shares and other modes of transport in the bicycle lane during rush hour in Beijing on March 29, 2017. Time, "The Trouble with Sharing: China's Bike Fever Has Reached Saturation Point," 2 Apr. 2018 Last year, a massive fire caused an interstate bridge to collapse during rush hour in Atlanta; no one was hurt. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 30 Mar. 2018 Uber’s expansion of its Jump service comes after data from existing service shows users moving from cars to bikes for short trips, especially during rush hours. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Uber makes $10M bet on bikes and transit," 26 Sep. 2018 The university was connected to the Internet by two 56kb lines, which were used by up to a hundred students at the same time during rush hours. Andrada Fiscutean, Ars Technica, "The adventures of lab ED011—“Nobody would be able to duplicate what happened there”," 27 Aug. 2018

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1878, in the meaning defined above

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rush hour

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rush hour

: a time during the day early in the morning or late in the afternoon when many people are traveling on roads to get to work or to get home from work

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