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 The incident caused Highway 101 traffic to backup during the morning rush hour with the closure of a northbound lane. Brian J. Varela, The Arizona Republic, 11 June 2022 The concept was an immediate hit with London’s travelling public, who still had to put up with occasional herds of sheep during the morning rush hour. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 27 May 2022 There is no real morning rush hour down Khreschatyk, the city’s main avenue near our former apartment. Bytom Soufi Burridge, ABC News, 11 May 2022 The morning rush hour shooting in Sunset Park, which left 23 people injured, pointed to a public safety network with clear gaps. New York Times, 13 Apr. 2022 It was sold as a design-ready unit, meaning the buyer will choose the layout and design. FROM THE ARCHIVES Fifty-nine years ago today, on July 19, 1963, a Navy practice bomb was dropped on Market Street in San Francisco at rush hour. Los Angeles Times, 19 July 2022 The fashion collaboration space is as crowded as a subway junction at rush hour—all sorts of brand combinations have been tried. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, 7 June 2022 At the other end, robotaxis would be waiting for each destination the passengers have — at rush hour, many might have the same destination. Brad Templeton, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Another resident said traffic at rush hour is problematic, and asked if the plan will increase backups on Broad Street. Steve Smith, Hartford Courant, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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8 Aug 2022

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“Rush hour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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