rush·​ing ˈrə-shiŋ How to pronounce rushing (audio)
: the act of advancing a football by running plays : the use of running plays
also : yardage gained by running plays

Examples of rushing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His 821 rushing yards also led the team, ranked 22nd in the NFL and were 164 more than the next closest quarterback, the Chicago Bears’ Justin Fields. Brian Wacker, Baltimore Sun, 9 Feb. 2024 Turning 29 in April, Edwards had a career-high 810 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns in 2023. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2024 The 6-6 Green also rushed for 1,024 yards and accounted for 38 touchdowns, 19 passing and 19 rushing. Tom Murphy,, 7 Mar. 2024 Already the most dangerous rushing QB in NFL history, Jackson is become more comfortable at using his mobility and rushing threat to prolong pass plays. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Jan. 2024 Denver Broncos 31, Green Bay Packers 24 Denver QB John Elway finally got his first ring (on his fourth attempt), though MVP Terrell Davis was the day's star (157 rushing yards, 3 TDs). Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 The 49ers gave up an average of 17.5 points per game (third in the NFL) and 89.7 rushing yards per game (third), just behind the Lions run defense at 88.8 yards allowed per game. Jared Ramsey, The Enquirer, 28 Jan. 2024 The 29-yard-old, immersed in the best stretch of his career, took over the game, marking a fourth straight 100-yard rushing performance and fourth 100-yard effort in as many attempts against the Cowboys in his career, with nine touchdowns in those four games. Journal Sentinel, 16 Jan. 2024 McCaffrey’s 72-yard run on the game’s first snap set in motion his fifth 100-yard rushing game. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, 10 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rushing was in 1882

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Cite this Entry

“Rushing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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