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[on-ruhsh, awn-] /ˈɒnˌrʌʃ, ˈɔn-/
a strong forward rush, flow, etc.
Origin of onrush
1835-45; on + rush1, after the verb phrase rush on
Related forms
onrushing, adjective
onset, torrent, flood, charge. Unabridged
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  • The variations of the object from its class are swept away in the onrush of his motor tendencies.

    The Story of the Mind James Mark Baldwin
  • But his sailors were no match for the onrush of these fiends from Dunkirk.

  • We must have men, and men, and men, if we with our allies are to check the onrush of organized barbarism.

  • We sprang from rock to rock and evaded the onrush of the foaming waves.

    The Crack of Doom Robert Cromie
  • Panic-stricken, they fly before the onrush of the avenging Saxons.

  • It is impossible to estimate the value of the rural church in the onrush of civilization.

    Society Henry Kalloch Rowe
  • Then came an onrush of Romany, attracted to the glade by the fire.

    Red Money Fergus Hume
  • While he had been speaking, the onrush of the storm had blotted out the moon.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • The first shot was instantly succeeded by a volley from the corridors, and the onrush was halted.

  • A drunkard, mad-drunk, blind-drunk with the draught of his onrush.

    The Combined Maze May Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for onrush


a forceful forward rush or flow
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