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

Take the Hardy Toll road to avoid traffic from downtown Houston at rush hour. WSJ, "Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport: Insiders’ Tips for Flights to and From IAH," 14 Nov. 2018 Engineers decided to shut down the terminal around 5 p.m. just as rush hour traffic had started. Fox News, "Second cracked beam found at $2B San Francisco's 'Grand Central'," 28 Sep. 2018 Half-shaft resonances are audible during acceleration (which engineers say will be squelched when the final version hits the market in December 2011), but the motor's thrust enabled us to jockey for position during L.A. rush hour. Basem Wasef, Popular Mechanics, "2012 Coda Sedan Test Drive," 30 Sep. 2011 People park motorbikes in downtown Kigali during rush hour. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Rwanda: A Poster Child for Development With a Dark Side," 6 Nov. 2018 This Monday morning rush hour crash happened around 9:32 a.m. Map data ©2018 Google Map data ©2018 Google Terms of Use Sign in Sign in to see a Google map built for you. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Jackknifed 18-wheeler jacking up Palmetto Expressway traffic," 9 July 2018 Over the next several days, outraged protesters took over thoroughfares, disrupted rush hour and shouted from the steps of the county courthouse, demanding that the white officer who killed the black teenager be charged. Washington Post, "Teen’s police killing tests long-frustrated black Pittsburgh," 1 July 2018 For the many Georgians who can’t find an inch of tire space on I-285 at rush hour or an open patch of sand on the beach at Tybee, one question likely keeps running through their minds: Where did all these people come from? Jill Vejnoska, ajc, "Why Georgia keeps growing, despite decline in births," 8 June 2018 At rush hour, cars caught in traffic jams jump curbs and roll over sidewalks to get ahead. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Terrible Traffic? Call In the 7-Foot-Tall RoboCops," 22 Apr. 2018

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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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