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.

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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 The nexus of Monroe Road and Piedmont Avenue is a bottleneck for commuters, and traffic backs up in every direction at rush hour. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Driving Without a Smartphone," 10 July 2018 There was one minor injury; if the accident had happened at rush hour, there could have been carnage. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018 Dempsey’s group has been a huge proponent of smarter tolling, the idea of tinkering with toll prices to ease congestion at rush hour. Shirley Leung,, "With millionaires tax off the ballot, how else do we pay for transportation and education?," 19 June 2018 That was the case Friday as a mass of 12 bodies, capable of moving at high rates of speed, were tightly packed together -- think Manhattan subway car at rush hour -- and jockeying for position until the bell lap. Special To The Oregonian,, "Wisconsin's Oliver Hoare wins physical men's 1,500 at NCAA track championships; Oregon's Sam Prakel is 6th," 8 June 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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