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rush hour

a time of day in which large numbers of people are in transit, as going to or returning from work, and that is characterized by particularly heavy traffic.
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rush-hour, adjective Unabridged
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  • The streets were filled with the rush-hour floods of people.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • She was battered by the noise and shuttling of the rush-hour traffic.

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
  • In ten minutes you long for the comparative ease of the rush-hour at Brooklyn Bridge.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • It takes big cars to climb those hills, let alone haul the trailers that are a feature of the Pittsburgh rush-hour traffic.

  • Malone hadn't reckoned with New York's rush-hour traffic, and, after seeing it, he still didn't believe it.

    Out Like a Light Gordon Randall Garrett
  • On his return, he found the trains running on the five-minute, rush-hour schedule.

    A Son of the City Herman Gastrell Seely
  • The trip into the city was slow; rush-hour traffic from the port was heavy.

    Gold in the Sky Alan Edward Nourse
  • At the street corner, as solid as granite in the "rush-hour" tide of humanity, stood the Man from Nome.

    The Trimmed Lamp O. Henry
British Dictionary definitions for rush-hour

rush hour

a period at the beginning and end of the working day when large numbers of people are travelling to or from work
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rush hour

noun phrase

Thetimes when people aregoing to or leaving work, notable for heavy traffic (1890+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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