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 Osborn Road will be closed through rush hour Monday and overnight, Murphy said. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "Sinkhole in west Phoenix forces street closure," 22 June 2020 Morning, Lower Manhattan: Goldman Sachs’s lobby sat mostly empty during rush hour. Elena Popina,, "As Lockdown Lifts, New York City Still Longs for Its Old Self," 11 June 2020 Duggan and Executive Director of Transit Mikel Oglesby announced that twice as many buses would run on the city's busiest routes during morning and evening rush hour. M.l. Elrick, Detroit Free Press, "Mayor demonstrates COVID-19 test before offering it to barbers and beauticians," 11 June 2020 As Gutfeld spoke, Fox News Channel showed video of protesters in Philadelphia accessing the Vine Street Expressway near Center City during rush hour. Fox News, "Gutfeld blasts Antifa as 'fascists' who are taking 'advantage of the cowardice of our politicians'," 2 June 2020 Her 9-to-6 schedule has changed to 10-to-5 to avoid rush hour on the subway; there’s no more congregating during the lunch break; the meetings are smaller now, too. NBC News, "South Korea beating coronavirus but anxiety grows over 'new normal'," 27 Apr. 2020 For now, our nanny will continue to watch our children some of the time but won’t come during rush hour on public transportation. Anna Momigliano, Washington Post, "We live in Milan. Here’s what parenting in the time of coronavirus is like.," 27 Feb. 2020 Three police officers were injured in the blast that went off during the morning rush hour on a busy South Boston bridge. Stephanie Purifoy,, "Man sentenced to prison for bombing near Boston police cruiser," 31 Jan. 2020 The stabbings, which happened during the rush hour on one of Portland’s busiest public transportation routes against a backdrop of increasingly violent protests, rattled the city. oregonlive, "A decade in review: the biggest Oregon news of the last 10 years," 31 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of rush hour

1878, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rush hour was in 1878

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2 Jul 2020

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“Rush hour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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