from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A rush of migrants to an area where gold has been discovered.
- n. Headlong pursuit of wealth and success: a gold rush on Wall Street.
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- n. Any period of feverish migration into an area in which gold has been discovered
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- n. a sudden happening that brings good fortune (as a sudden opportunity to make money)
- n. a large migration of people to a newly discovered gold field
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The riches reaped by the privateers caused real problems on land, as fighting sailors routinely deserted the ships of the Continental Navy—and sometimes even their regiments in the army—to join the gold rush at sea.
Caulder had stolen it, then I'd given it to him, he had shown his uncle after his father disowned him and his uncle had adopted him, his uncle had recognized what it was and now my little sister had started a gold rush by sending more ore samples to the Queen.
Thicket had lost some population to the gold rush to the Midlands, but most of the well-established folk had stayed.
Lines of ants were already on the move as I stepped outside, and the sun baked the reddish, sandy earth between the acacia bushes in this undulating, stony terrain left behind after the Bendigo gold rush of the 1850s.
Had that been what the magic intended all along, that I start a gold rush to drain the Gernians away from the Specks 'territory?
It was busy enough, for the Australian gold rush of a few years back, and the Mutiny, had set the port booming, but the town itself was a damned Dutch-looking place with its stoeps and stolid stucco houses, most of which are gone now, I believe, and the great church clock tower which looks as though it should have an Oom Paul beard round its face.