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mad rush

A wild hurry, as in I was in a mad rush to get to the bank on time to cash my check, or Why the mad rush? We have lots of time before the concert starts. The use of in a rush for “being in a hurry” dates from the second half of the 1800s, and mad, for “frenzied,” serves merely as an intensifier.
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  • All at once the buckskin made a mad rush for the corral fence.

    The Boy Scouts On The Range Lieut. Howard Payson
  • A mad rush of anger sent him leaping in amongst the combatants.

    White Fang Jack London
  • The munitions makers could not pause for a single day 216in their mad rush to fill their contracts.

    Shadow Mountain Dane Coolidge
  • It had broken all bonds, swept everything aside in its mad rush.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • In the mad rush made by the always unpaid Turkish troops to secure this godsend, there were many casualties.

  • Out of the water rose a flock of duck with a mad rush as we hove in sight.

    Beasts, Men and Gods Ferdinand Ossendowski
  • To our eyes alone, the rain swirls along the pavements like the mad rush of sixteenth notes upon a music staff.

    Chimney-Pot Papers Charles S. Brooks
  • What did it signify—this mad rush to get round a corner to creep into a hole?

    The Tyranny of the Dark Hamlin Garland
  • Whistling overhead the bullet went hissing away up the tracks the signal for a mad rush of men and boys.

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