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gold rush

a large-scale and hasty movement of people to a region where gold has been discovered, as to California in 1849.
Origin of gold rush
1875-80, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • After the gold-rush of 1849 new types of reapers sprang up on all sides.

    The Romance of the Reaper Herbert Newton Casson
  • He taught me the game of cribbage, and the old game of gold-rush days—solo.

    I Married a Ranger Dama Margaret Smith
  • The old taverns rang with as rollicking songs as ever enlivened a western bar in gold-rush days.

    Blue Ridge Country Jean Thomas
  • Then, more than forty years ago, came the gold-rush away up in the Stikine River country.

    The Hunted Woman James Oliver Curwood
  • At the very commencement of the gold-rush a hole had been sunk in Deadman's Flat, and soon afterwards deserted.

    Grif B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • But Virginia had an advantage which the far west of the gold-rush days lacked.

  • That was the beginnin' o' the Johntown gold-rush, an' I, for the second time, was one o' the discoverers.

    Murder Point Coningsby Dawson
  • It had come straight from her mother, a woman who, in gold-rush days, had been the acknowledged beauty of the province.

    The Sky Line of Spruce Edison Marshall
British Dictionary definitions for gold-rush

gold rush

a large-scale migration of people to a territory where gold has been found
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