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Benjamin rush

Benjamin, 1745–1813, U.S. physician and political leader: author of medical treatises.
his son, Richard, 1780–1859, U.S. lawyer, politician, and diplomat.
Contemporary Examples

My guess is that benjamin rush would have disliked it, while Benjamin Franklin would have been untroubled—but who knows?
What the Founders Would Tell Charles Murray David Frum February 6, 2012

Historical Examples

About one hundred and forty years before, near the city of Philadelphia, a boy named benjamin rush was growing up.
Stories of Great Men Faye Huntington

So says Dr. benjamin rush, and his assertion, often quoted, has as often been confirmed.
The Life Of Thomas Paine, Vol. I. (of II) Moncure Daniel Conway

Dr. benjamin rush was then in the prime of life, being forty-eight years of age.
Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3. Benson J. Lossing

benjamin rush, a distinguished American physician and statesman, died.
The Every Day Book of History and Chronology Joel Munsell

benjamin rush, Signer of the Declaration, was an attendant at the services, and his mother was a member.
Historic Shrines of America John T. (John Thomson) Faris

This anonymous article was written by Dr. benjamin rush and reprinted as a pamphlet.
Drug Supplies in the American Revolution George B. Griffenhagen

The benjamin rush here referred to subsequently became quite eminent as a physician.
Notes and Queries, Number 237, May 13, 1854 Various

About one hundred and forty years ago, near the city of Philadelphia, a boy named benjamin rush was growing up.
The Pansy Magazine, July 1886 Various

to hurry or cause to hurry; hasten
to make a sudden attack upon (a fortress, position, person, etc)
when intr, often foll by at, in or into. to proceed or approach in a reckless manner
rush one’s fences, to proceed with precipitate haste
(intransitive) to come, flow, swell, etc, quickly or suddenly: tears rushed to her eyes
(slang) to cheat, esp by grossly overcharging
(transitive) (US & Canadian) to make a concerted effort to secure the agreement, participation, etc, of (a person)
(intransitive) (American football) to gain ground by running forwards with the ball
the act or condition of rushing
a sudden surge towards someone or something: a gold rush
a sudden surge of sensation, esp produced by a drug
a sudden demand
adjective (prenominal)
requiring speed or urgency: a rush job
characterized by much movement, business, etc: a rush period
any annual or perennial plant of the genus Juncus, growing in wet places and typically having grasslike cylindrical leaves and small green or brown flowers: family Juncaceae Many species are used to make baskets
any of various similar or related plants, such as the woodrush, scouring rush, and spike-rush
something valueless; a trifle; straw: not worth a rush
short for rush light

mid-14c. (implied in rushing), “to drive back or down,” from Anglo-French russher, from Old French ruser “to dodge, repel” (see ruse). Meaning “to do something quickly” is from 1650s; transitive sense of “to hurry up (someone or something)” is from 1850. U.S. Football sense originally was in rugby (1857).

Fraternity/sorority sense is from 1896 (originally it was what the fraternity did to the student); from 1899 as a noun in this sense. Earlier it was a name on U.S. campuses for various tests of strength or athletic skill between freshmen and sophomores as classes (1860).

“plant growing in marshy ground,” Old English resc, earlier risc, from Proto-Germanic *rusk- (cf. Middle Low German rusch, Middle High German rusch, German Rausch, West Frisian risk, Dutch rusch), from PIE *rezg- “to plait, weave, wind” (cf. Latin restis “cord, rope”).

Old French rusche probably is from a Germanic source. Used for making torches and finger rings, also strewn on floors when visitors arrived; it was attested a type of “something of no value” from c.1300. See OED for spelling variations.

“a hasty driving forward,” late 14c., from rush (v.). Sense of “mass migration of people” (especially to a gold field) is from 1848, American English. Football/rugby sense from 1857. Meaning “surge of pleasure” is from 1960s. Rush hour first recorded 1888. Rush order from 1896.

Rush (rŭsh), Benjamin. 1745-1813.

American physician, politician, and educator. A signer of the Declaration of Independence, he promoted the humane treatment of the mentally ill.


: appears to want to give her a big rush
A motion-picture print made immediately after the scene is shot (1924+ Movie studio)
An intense flood of pleasure, with quickened heart rate, felt soon after ingestion of a narcotic: He didn’t have to wait long for the rush (1960s+ Narcotics)
A surge of pleasure; an ecstasy: To Friend, it’s a kind of a rush, the last big high/ gives her a unique rush (1960s+)


To court a woman ardently: He had ”rushed” her, she said, for several months (1899+)
o entertain and cultivate a student wanted as a fraternity or sorority member (1890s+ College students)

the papyrus (Job 8:11). (See BULRUSH.) The expression “branch and rush” in Isa. 9:14; 19:15 means “utterly.”


bum’s rush
fools rush in where angels fear to tread
mad rush
(rush) off someone’s feet


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