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

But riders there have found that buses packed with Amazonians, who receive transit passes from the company, zip past stops during rush hour, unable to fit more passengers. Jay Greene, WSJ, "The ‘Prosperity Bomb’ of an Amazonian Invasion," 15 Nov. 2018 The collision occurred during morning rush hour, blocking traffic south of Interstate 90 in Bellevue. Sarah Wu, The Seattle Times, "Northbound I-405 reopens after closure due to Bellevue police motorcycles crash," 26 July 2018 Those trips entailed closing roads in downtown Washington, sometimes during rush hour, thereby snarling evening commutes. David Nakamura, The Seattle Times, "Trump uses eight-vehicle motorcade to travel 250 yards to greet George W. Bush," 4 Dec. 2018 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

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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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