1. in senses of lit. or fig. overwhelming.
(a) [late 18C–early 19C] (UK Und.) robbery with violence; if the rush, then usu. of a single item, e.g. a cloak hanging outside a shop; if a rush, an assault by a number of men on a house with the intent of robbing the owners of their money and valuables.
(b) [mid–late 19C] a swindle; usu. as rush act, the
(c) [mid-19C–1910s] (US campus) a mass confrontation, groups of students against each other.
(d) a police raid.
(e) [mid-19C+] (Aus./US) a stampede.
(f) [20C+] the lavishing of attention on someone, usu. a woman, in the hope of gaining their affections; thus put on the rush, to attempt to impress.
(g) see bum’s rush n.
2. in US campus uses.
(a) [mid-19C] a poor recitation.
(b) [mid-19C–1900s] a perfect recitation.
3. [1930s] a winning streak.
4. in drug uses.
(a) [1950s+] the immediate effect of any drug.
(b) [1960s+] the immediate and intense feeling that follows the injection of heroin into a vein.
(c) [1960s+] a rush of adrenalin.
(d) [1970s+] amyl or isobutyl nitrite, which produces an instant effect.
(e) as ext. of sense 4(a) in non-drug use, a pleasure, a thrill.
1. [1900s+] (US Und.) the use of pressure to achieve a confidence trick, the tricketers attempt to rush a victim into agreement.
2. [1920s] an attempt to befriend somebody.
3. [1930s] (US) in lit. use of sense 1, to move fast or hurriedly.
4. [20C+] (US) the courting or seduction of a woman.
5. [1980s] (UK Und.) impersonating the police in order to extort bribes from fellow criminals.
[mid–late 19C] to have sexual intercourse while virtually fully clothed.
[mid-19C] to run away; to make an escape.
[early–mid-19C] to make an intense effort to leave or escape a place.
1. [early 19C] (UK und.) to escape.
2. [mid-19C–1910s] to sponge off someone for a lengthy period and top it off by successfully requesting a loan.