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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Regular people have started spontaneously using their own cars to offer rides to passengers during rush hour in exchange for cash. Gustavo Ocando Alex, miamiherald, "With little public transportation, Venezuelans resort to dangerous, illegal ‘kennels’ to get around," 12 July 2018 The Wisconsin Department of Transportation predicts the detour will add three to six minutes travel time through the corridor at rush hours. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Drivers be aware: Forest Home and Janesville roads are closing in Hales Corners for three months," 11 July 2018 The ordeal caused roads around the business to be closed around rush hour. David Harris,, "'I do not negotiate whatsoever,' armed pub owner said, before being shot by SWAT officer: report," 10 July 2018 Shoko Asahara was the leader of the Aum Shinrikyo or Aum Supreme Truth cult that was responsible for releasing sarin gas on five Tokyo subway trains during the rush hour in 1995, killing 13 people and poisoning more than 6,000 others. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Former leader of Japanese doomsday cult hanged over 1995 sarin gas attack," 5 July 2018 Police closed parts of the I-275 ramp and Kellogg Avenue during rush hour for the investigation. Albert Cesare,, "Sheriff: Man shot during drug investigation wanted 'suicide by cop'," 2 July 2018 TxDOT predicts the freeway will be mostly closed well into rush hour Tuesday evening. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Tortilla chip spill snarls Southwest Freeway traffic," 26 June 2018 In San Francisco, workers will march in the crux of downtown during rush hour as an act of civil disobedience. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Thousands of Marriott employees to protest across the USA on Wednesday," 26 June 2018 Compare that to an hour of hell or more in a car during Chicago's rush hour or the 45 minutes on mass transit for the same journey. CBS News, "Elon Musk says high-speed underground train in Chicago could be finished in 3 years," 15 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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