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 Although cars can use any of Glebe Road’s six lanes during rush hour, the outermost lanes turn into on-street parking at off-peak times. Washington Post, 19 June 2021 Hiring a private driver to shuttle you across Los Angeles during rush hour should cost more than $16, if everyone in that transaction is being fairly compensated. New York Times, 7 June 2021 While that exit already had separate SunPass lanes, slowdowns at the pay lanes could create a bottleneck during rush hour. Wells Dusenbury,, 7 June 2021 So, knowing there are huge backups on the interstate, especially on weekends and during rush hour, why would anyone choose to try to venture northbound over the Brent Spence Bridge? Kathrine Nero, The Enquirer, 23 May 2021 The Aum Supreme Truth cult, now known as Aleph, places plastic bags of sarin on trains that converge in the Tokyo government district during rush hour. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 20 May 2021 Northbound Interstate 35W was closed heading into rush hour Monday due to a fatal crash in Lino Lakes. Alex Chhith, Star Tribune, 8 Mar. 2021 Buzzing over New York City in a traffic helicopter on a morning in March of last year, Tom Kaminski, a radio traffic reporter for more than three decades, looked down at the rush hour commute. New York Times, 29 May 2021 Traffic volumes and congestion on Twin Cities freeways are rising this spring, but apparently not high enough to persuade rush hour drivers to return to MnPass lanes. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, 13 May 2021

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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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21 Jun 2021

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“Rush hour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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