from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A feverish rush to some newly discovered gold-field with the hope of amassing wealth.


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  • In a sign of how gold-rush fever has spread throughout Silicon Valley, a wave of top managers like Mr. McLaughlin is leaving the executive suites of publicly held tech companies for the same jobs at smaller, closely held ones.

    Small Firms, Big Options

  • But outside Silverton lies another legacy of mining — one far quieter, and more treacherous, than a gold-rush saloon.


  • This created a gold-rush of thousands of peasant miners who abandoned farms and schools to mine in the Park, an area now controlled by the rebel Ruwandan Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD) based in Goma, spreading devastation, drugs, delinquency and AIDS.

    Kahuzi-Biéga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo

  • From 2000, a price rise, rebel militias and lack of central government control created gold-rush conditions, the profits funding the rebellion.

    Kahuzi-Biéga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo

  • There are fears that this type of unsustainable 'gold-rush' fishing will exacerbate social problems when the source of income dries up for the 800 fishermen attracted to the island by these opportunities.

    Galápagos National Park & Galápagos Marine Resources Reserve, Ecuador

  • In addition to the cabins, he also helps build the frames for the wall tents that round out the abandoned gold-rush town's accommodations. Rough Trail Lies in Wait Past Iditarod

  • This last Saturday, I had a rare weekend day off and decided to visit the small, historic gold-rush town of Auburn for the day.

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  • They obviously took place in a time of the Wild West where cowboys and indians ran amok and pioneers struggled to survive while men maddened by gold-rush fever lived little better than animals.

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  • The economic downturn, the hike in petrol prices, plus all the additional costs of a festival weekend on top of already hefty ticket prices mean the great British festival boom, a gold-rush for would-be promoters in recent years, is on a downward spiral.

    Are pop festivals on their way out?

  • Jacksonville is a historic gold-rush town near Medford with many Victorian homes; it has been a set for Western movies.

    Housing market in Medford, Ore., is slowly climbing back


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