1. in senses of lit. or fig. overwhelming.
(a) (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.
|Thieving Detected 11: The fourth way, they stile the Rush.|
|View of Society II 127: The Rush. Fellows who knock at a street door in a summer’s night: if the maid comes with a candle in her hand, they fling some powdered rosin across it, which seems to her to be a flash of lightning; they then rush past her, leaving, however, one or two behind them to guard her while they rob the house.|
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 262: rush: [...] a rush may signify a forcible entry by several men into a detached dwelling-house for the purpose of robbing its owners of their money.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Modern Flash Dict. 28: Rum rush – a number of villains rushing into a house in order to rob it.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open [as cit. 1835].|
(b) a swindle; usu. as rush act, the
|DSUE (8th edn) 1001–2: from ca. 1840.|
(c) (US campus) a mass confrontation, groups of students against each other.
|Yale Literary Mag. XXVI 22: As a basis, a Rush tacitly assumes that it is promoting a rivalry that is proper and praiseworthy [DA].|
|DN II:i 56: rush, n. 2. A contest of any sort between rival classes. 3. A cane contest between rival classes.‘College Words and Phrases’ in|
|DA].From Deep Woods 68: The two classes met in a first ‘rush.’ [|
(d) a police raid.
|Sheffield Dly Teleg. 29 Aug. 8/7: Storming a penny gaff in Limehouse [...] Mr Worrels, superintenadnt of the K division, made a rush on the notorious penny gaff and captured the proprietor.|
(e) (Aus./US) a stampede.
|Hunt’s Merch. Mag XX 60: In May, the gold itself began to come into the town. And then began the rising and the rush [DA].|
|Forayers 429: Hark! thar’s another rush! Half of them dashing up the avenue!|
|Travel and Adventure in Alaska 227: Minute specks of gold have been found by some of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s men in the Yukon, but not in quantities to warrant a ‘rush’ to the locality [DA].|
|Bush-Life in Queensland II 132: A confused whirl of dark forms swept before him, and the camp, so full of life a minute ago, is desolate. It was ‘a rush’, a stampede.|
|Bird o’ Freedom 15 Jan. 7/2: An ugly rush was made over the ropes towards the chairman [...] and for a few minutes it looked as though he was going to be hustled badly.|
|In Bad Company 70: What’s to keep ’em from droppin’ us that way, from cover, and then makin’ a rush?|
|Sierra Nevada 60: The discovery in 1859 of a glittering silver bonanza in Washoe County, Nevada, started a frantic rush over the mountains to Virginia City.|
(f) 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.
|Forty Modern Fables 70: Mazie had a Rush of Men Callers.|
|Shorty McCabe 192: Then he does the whirlwind rush at Sadie.|
|Bodley Head Scott Fitzgerald V (1963) 90: Girls with less position and less pulchritude were given a much bigger rush.‘Bernice Bobs Her Hair’ in|
|Mating Season 17: He is giving her the rush of a lifetime.|
|Organization Man (1957) 252: An actor [...] comes to town from the city for a short stay. He gives her a mild rush, and she dreams of a glamorous life with him.|
|Real People 18: She certainly wasn’t prepared for the rush she got, probably for the first time in her life. [...] You’ve got to admit she’s not madly attractive.|
|Campus Sl. Nov. 4: put on the rush – to try to impress someone, especially of the opposite sex.|
|New Girls (1982) 85: She was getting a rush from two senior boys.|
(g) see bum’s rush n.
2. in US campus uses.
(a) a poor recitation.
|in Tarheel Talk (1956) 134: Went to recitation with the certainty of a rush staring me in the face if I should be unlucky as to be taken up.|
(b) a perfect recitation.
|Yale Banger 22 Oct. n.p.: In dreams his many rushes heard [DA].|
|Four Years at Yale 47: Rush, a perfect recitation.|
|Harvard Crimson 22 Feb. [Internet] When he wishes to say that he has made a ‘spurt,’ or a ‘rush,’ or a ‘flunk,’ he calls upon words that would assuredly be distracting to the classic Corneille.|
|DN II:i 56: rush, n. A good recitation.‘College Words and Phrases’ in|
3. a winning streak.
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 423: When a guy finally gets his rushes in gambling nothing can stop him.‘A Very Honorable Guy’ in|
4. in drug uses.
(a) the immediate effect of any drug.
|Panic in Needle Park (1971) 43: Cocaine and bombitas are both stimulants, and combined with heroin, a depressant, they produce an electrifying ‘rush’ or ‘flash’ far more pleasurable to the addict than heroin alone.|
|Sat. Rev. (US) 8 July 38: Amphetamine laced with other substances, such as ether, is thought to produce a heavier flash or more intense rush than pure methamphetamine does.|
|Foxes (1980) 129: Annie, riding a wine rush wrapped in reefer high had a case of lip.|
|Harder They Come 152: After a while he had a rush: he felt relaxed, but tingly in his limbs [...] and very attuned to everything around him.|
|(con. 1950s) Addicts Who Survived 116: Somewhere between ... [pauses] 1948 and 1960 it took a nosedive in quality and in the chemicals that they cut it with. This guy Florida Jack was the first man who sold dope with quinine in it. People began to get that rush from the quinine, and if they didn’t get that rush from the quinine the dope wasn’t no good.|
|(con. 1970s) King Suckerman (1998) 91: The freeze was pretty good [...] with a fast rush to it.|
|Yes We have No 223: You were always chasing the virgin lick, the first wild rush.|
|Inter-zone.org [Internet] Adding cola to the mix, adds a dimension of space. Its a rush drug, pure and simple, any time any where, a speedball junkie can find a place for a coke hit.‘Tying Off’ on|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 69: Billy sniffled [...] The rush was already fading.|
(b) the immediate and intense feeling that follows the injection of heroin into a vein.
|Addict in the Street (1966) 28: Shooting up you don’t get the taste; all you get is a fast rush and a boss feeling.|
|Requiem for a Dream (1987) 20: [...] and shot the shit into their vein and waited for the first rush.|
|Bk of Jargon 343: rush: The sudden onslaught of euphoria after heroin is mainlined.|
|Another Day in Paradise 4: Her skin looked like caramel and felt softer and smoother than the best heroin rush.|
|Right As Rain 51: What this pure shit does [...] you don’t have to pop it, see, to get a rush.|
|Bad Sex on Speed 25: Shame is like a rush in the wrong direction.|
(c) a rush of adrenalin.
|Current Sl. IV:1 13: Rush, n. A chill as though someone had walked over one’s grave.|
|N.Y. Times Mag. 5 Aug. 42: Pictures can be laid down layer upon layer, the way sound is edited. I got a rush, standing there, contemplating the possibilities.|
|Brown’s Requiem 236: The San Francisco Rush. Just approaching my favourite adopted city was cutting through all the trauma and fatigue of the past month.|
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 101: Sticking up gave me a rush that I never got from B&Es.|
|Observer Screen 4 July 27: What possesses people to bungee jump? [...] it isn’t just to feel a euphoric rush or impress your mates.|
|Westsiders 25: It’s a word that conveys some of the adrenalin rush that ‘snipers’ get, putting up posters on a busy street.|
|Indep. on Sun. Mag. 21 Jan. 54: When ‘My Name Is’ blew up, I was surprised, and it was a rush.|
|Them (2008) 115: He got a real rush in knowing he had finally hit upon a way to yank the old man’s chain.|
|Alphaville (2011) 112: [Policing] would make my heart race and the adrenaline pump through my veins. It always gave me the rush I was looking for.|
(d) amyl or isobutyl nitrite, which produces an instant effect.
|Rushes (1981) 37: When he can’t get the real ones [i.e. amyl nitrite] he settles for one of the liquid substitutes of butyl nitrite more readily available — Rush. Bullet.|
|Gay Sl. Dict. [Internet] amyl nitrite: [...] Syn: rush.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 18: Rush — Cocaine; isobutyl nitrite; inhalants. It’s one thing to get fame on your block, but to get it nationwide and then worldwide is incredible.|
(e) as ext. of sense 4(a) in non-drug use, a pleasure, a thrill.
|Killer Tune (2008) 17: Doing drugs and alcohol had never been his rush.|
|OG Dad 118: It weirded me out how all of us are basically bortn addicted. Living from tit-rush to tit-rush, with a lot of nodding off, puking and howling in between.|
1. (US Und.) the use of pressure to achieve a confidence trick, the tricketers attempt to rush a victim into agreement.
|Oasis (Arizola, AZ) 21 Mar. 3/1: J.D. Brown, comnfidence man [...] got himself in jail here [...] through his efforts to do the rush act and secure the loan of money.|
|Mohave Co. Miner (Mineral Park, AZ) 9 Sept. 6/5: I cannot [...] in my professional capacity expect to do a rush act at stock selling.|
2. an attempt to befriend somebody.
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 404: Hink had not batted an eye when the Jew had tried to put the rush act on him.Young Manhood in|
3. (US) in lit. use of sense 1, to move fast or hurriedly.
|World I Never Made 233: ‘Let me open it for you [...]’ Peg said, reaching for the package. ‘Nix, nix on the rush act!’ Al said to Peg.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|(con. 1920s) Hoods (1953) 128: Maxie was giving them the rush act. He had the fish in the basket and was closing the cover.|
|Fireworks (1988) 73: And you ain’t in no big hurry? You don’t want to give me the rush act?‘The Cellini Chalice’ in|
4. (US) the courting or seduction of a woman.
|Divine Flora 113: [stage direction] [He does the rush act on her.].|
5. (UK Und.) impersonating the police in order to extort bribes from fellow criminals.
|Lowspeak 123: Rush act – a swindle in which criminals impersonate the police [...] Usually worked on other criminals who pay bribes to the ‘police’ for being let off.|
to have sexual intercourse while virtually fully clothed.
|Sl. and Its Analogues VI 85/2: to do a rush up the straight (the frills, or petticoats) = to possess.|
to run away; to make an escape.
|,||Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.|
to make an intense effort to leave or escape a place.
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 263: A sudden and violent effort to get into any place, or vice versa to effect your exit, as from a place of confinement, &c., is called rushing them, or giving it to ’em upon the rush.|
1. (UK und.) to escape.
|(con. 1800s) Leeds Times 7 May 6/6: [James Hardy] Vaux tried to give them the rush, to use a thieves’ phrase, but was over-powered [and] secured.|
2. to sponge off someone for a lengthy period and top it off by successfully requesting a loan.
|Sl. Dict. 274: To ‘give a man the rush,’ is to spunge upon him all day, and then borrow money at the finish, or pursue some similar mode of procedure.|
|Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 152: I useta wait till somebody gimme a quarter or a half an’ I’d give him the rush an’ say, ‘Jus’ a minute; bring yer change right back.’.‘Canada Kid’ in|
|Red Harvest (1965) 26: Then I gave him the rush [...] and told him I had another customer.|