“I like it, I like it, I can’t get enough
I like it, I like it, yeah I get a rush…”
from “I Get a Rush” by Bon Jovi
The words sound similar but the meaning is totally different. Read on to get it right.
|Part of speech||Meaning||Examples|
|adjective||reckless, carless, unwise||1) That was a rash decision. You should have thought about it all more carefully.|
2) It was rash of them to get married like that. They hardly knew each other.
3) Avoid any rash statements.
|noun||an area of redness and spots on a person’s skin||1) I need to do something about this itchy rash.|
2) When did the rash appear on your arm?
|noun||a large number, esp. of sth. happening in a short period of time||1) There’s been a rash of robberies in the valley in this area.|
2) The rash of complaints is making the company reconsider its policies.
3) The rash of strikes by health workers proves that the healthcare system needs reforms.
|Part of speech||Meaning||Examples|
|noun||a situation in which you have to hurry or move somewhere quickly; hurry||1) What’s the rush? We have plenty of time. There’s no need to hurry.|
2) We’re all in a rush today because the deadlines is approaching.
3) We’re in no rush to sell the car. It can wait.
4) There’s been a rush for (= sudden popular demand for) the new phone.
|noun||a sudden strong emotion or physical feeling||1) Certain situations will trigger an adrenaline rush.|
2) She felt a rush of anger when she heard the news.
3) I felt a sudden rush of dizziness when the ship started moving.
|verb||to hurry; to move somewhere very quickly or make sb. move quickly||1) He rushed toward the exit after the fire broke out.|
2) Right after the accident she was rushed to the hospital.
3) Don’t rush me if you don’t want me to make a lot of mistakes.
|phrase||gold rush – a situation in which a lot of people move to a place to try to find gold because they have heard that gold has been found there||1) The discovery of gold set off two great rushes in Alaska.|
2) The California Gold Rush was sparked by the discovery of gold nuggets in the Sacramento Valley in early 1848.
|phrase||rush hour – the time of day when there are a lot of cars on the road because most people are traveling to or from work||1) Especially when visiting large cities, you will want to avoid traveling during rush hour.|
2) One in every four car accidents happens during rush hour traffic.
There are a few phrasal verbs with “rush” which are worth remembering.
- to rush into sth. – to do sth. without first thinking carefully about it: 1) Don’t rush into any decisions now. You are too anxious and stressed out. 2) He rushed into a new relationship right after the divorce and it was a disaster.
- to rush sb. into doing sth. – to forcefully persuade sb. to do sth. without giving them time to decide if they really want to do it: 1) Her mother rushed her into entering the college and the girl dropped out when she found out she wanted something else in her life. 2) I wouldn’t rush you into accepting that job offer. We have enough money at the moment, and after all, you need to be sure if you want that kind of commitment.
- to rush sth. out – to very quickly produce something and make it available to sell: 1) Haste makes waste. Let’s not rush anything out. If we do, we might need to recall the products, and that’s the worst thing I can imagine. 2) The company rushed out the new model and then greatly regretted it. Its excellent reputation was lost overnight.
- to rush around/about – to try to do a lot of things or to go to a lot of places in a short period of time: 1) I’ve been rushing around all day. Now I’m exhausted. 2) In my line of work I have to rush about if I want to get things done.
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