rush hour


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.

Recent Examples on the Web

This weekend’s protests come days after a general strike that disrupted the financial hub’s morning rush hour, leaving traffic jammed, subway lines suspended and dozens of flights canceled. Shirley Li, Fortune, "Hong Kong Airport Cancels All Flights As Protests Prompt Biggest Disruption Yet," 12 Aug. 2019 Major subway lines were suspended or delayed during rush hour as protesters blocked trains from leaving stations. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "City-wide strikes bring Hong Kong to a standstill," 5 Aug. 2019 The power in the capital went out after 4 p.m. Monday and immediately backed up traffic as stop lights and the subway stopped working during rush hour. NBC News, "Much of Venezuela in the dark again after massive blackout," 23 July 2019 The northbound 101 Freeway through the Cahuenga Pass reopened several hours after authorities discovered a body in the roadway, which forced lane closures during rush hour early Wednesday. Hannah Fry,, "101 Freeway reopens hours after body is found in apparent suicide from overpass," 19 June 2019 The trip might take an hour; never do it at rush hour. William Sertl, WSJ, "Brief, Breezy and Foolproof Itineraries to 6 European Cities," 16 Jan. 2019 Parrot biologist Larissa Tinoco spends her days not in the deepest reaches of the rainforest, but contending with rush hour in Campo Grande, a bustling city in midwestern Brazil. Miguel Conde, National Geographic, "Hundreds of wild parrots are thriving in this Brazilian city," 6 Sep. 2019 Those buses shuttle passengers between the suburbs and Milwaukee’s downtown during rush hour via the Interstate. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'This bus is a godsend': Proposed MCTS route cuts would boost riders' expenses, and double or triple commute times," 28 Aug. 2019 Police from North Alabama had a chance to play cowboy recently after a herd of cattle got loose during rush hour. Leada Gore |, al, "Round ’em up: Police wrangle loose cattle during rush hour," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of rush hour

1878, in the meaning defined above

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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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