Main definitions of flush in English

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verb

  • 1[no object] (of a person's skin, face, etc.) become red and hot, typically as the result of illness or strong emotion.

    ‘Rachel flushed angrily’
    • ‘In the evening you can see locals strolling down the street in their cotton robes and wooden slippers, returning home with faces flushed from their hot dips.’
    • ‘Cael could feel his face flushed with the fever, sweat beading on his forehead, his body shaking with chills.’
    • ‘He chortled slightly, and Halle could almost picture his face flushing with pleasure at someone actually saying his name properly, not butchering it with insipid nicknames.’
    • ‘Her face flushed to pink, as tears trickled down her cheeks.’
    • ‘His face flushed slightly with remembered anger for a moment, then he shook it off.’
    • ‘The manager's face flushed, and he interrupted, ‘My wife is from Grand Rapids!’’
    • ‘Gabrielle felt a pleasant feeling deep in her gut when his face flushed lightly in embarrassment.’
    • ‘My eyes probably went wide because I felt my cheeks flush with embarrassment.’
    • ‘She subconsciously hid her feet underneath her bookbag and her little face became flushed.’
    • ‘Although my face looked flushed, I was able to reapply my make-up and go out that evening.’
    • ‘Dinah's skin flushed hotly at Kelly's words.’
    • ‘I immediately freeze and turn around, my face flushing with heat, feeling like I've just been caught red-handed, although caught at what I'm not sure.’
    • ‘My face feels really flushed and hot from the central heating, and I'm mainly thinking about that.’
    • ‘For the first time, Elle flushed under his gaze.’
    • ‘Perry's cheeks flushed slightly pink, and he followed Jake onto the bus, shutting the door.’
    • ‘Jude's skin flushed hotly at her sudden embrace.’
    • ‘The servant girl looks at the ground, her cheeks flushing with embarrassment.’
    • ‘Her skin reacted to the small touches, goose bumps jittering across her flesh as her face flushed hot.’
    • ‘The man's face flushed slightly with anger.’
    • ‘Legs still wobbly and face flushed, I went back to set and told S what I'd done.’
    red, pink, ruddy, glowing, reddish, pinkish, florid, high-coloured, healthy-looking, aglow, burning, flaming, feverish, rubicund, roseate, rosy
    blush, redden, go pink, turn pink, go red, turn red, go crimson, turn crimson, go scarlet, turn scarlet, change colour, crimson, tint, burn up
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    1. 1.1[with object]Make red and hot.
      ‘a wave of colour flushed his cheeks’
      • ‘Hot embarrassment flushed her cheeks as she threw back the quilt, taking care not to crease it.’
      • ‘A faint red stain of a blush flushes his cheeks.’
      • ‘Her cheeks had been flushed from the morning chill and her green eyes bright with unchecked spirit.’
      • ‘Lucinda quickly regained her composure, a dark blush flushing her pale cheeks, as she reopened the book, hurriedly skimming the past page.’
      • ‘Kristen added, rushing to her feet as well, a rosy blush flushing her cheeks.’
      • ‘A brief thank-you and a hint of a blush flushes her cheeks, she takes a sip of cold fruity Pimms and listens in for a cue in the conversation she can jump in on.’
      • ‘She would sharply bit on her bottom lip to colour them without the use of any lip colourings, pinching the apples of her cheeks to flush them to a pleasing rosy colour.’
      • ‘She was thankful for the darkness because of the blush that flushed her cheeks.’
    2. 1.2Glow or cause to glow with warm colour or light.
      [with object] ‘the sky was flushed with the gold of dawn’
      • ‘Dawn too was a light show with the sky flushed into pastel shades.’
      • ‘The flowers are large and wallflower red on the outside, the inner colour being soft orange flushed with red towards the tip, fading to a paler, softer throat.’
      • ‘It is an evergreen or semi-evergreen multi-stemmed shrub with lance shaped leaves that are purplish when young and flushed with colour in autumn.’
      • ‘Keleus thrust his spear into the earth and looked upon the dying sky, flushed in crimson, and he whispered unto the winds.’
      • ‘Rains fell several weeks ago, and now the desert tones have flushed to a salmon pink dusted with new green vegetation.’
      • ‘The green is often variegated with yellow or white - the variegation itself can be flushed with pink and may be marbled, blotched or neatly edge each leaf.’
  • 2[with object] Cleanse (something, especially a toilet) by causing large quantities of water to pass through it.

    ‘she flushed the loo’
    ‘the nurse flushed out the catheter’
    • ‘Toilets could not be flushed during the water crisis.’
    • ‘Then flush the toilet to drain off the water in the basin.’
    • ‘If there is a blockage, try to get most of it out and then flush with a garden hose.’
    • ‘When you flush the toilet, the cistern refills by pumping the water through the tap on top of the toilet, so you can wash your hands as it refills.’
    • ‘In case you lose power, you will still have water to flush toilets or wash up.’
    • ‘By 315 AD, it is said that Rome as a city had 144 public toilets which were flushed clean by running water.’
    • ‘To avoid accumulation of nutrients in the growth media, the sand was flushed once every week with water.’
    • ‘An aluminum foil collar on the rim of the pot and flushing the soil occasionally with heavy watering will prevent this problem.’
    • ‘In case of contact immediately flush eyes or skin with plenty of water.’
    • ‘The drains have now been flushed out and the water supply has returned to normal.’
    • ‘Imagine, we use two gallons of quality drinking water every time we flush the toilet.’
    • ‘Use an over-the-counter nasal saline spray, or flush your nostrils with warm salt water.’
    • ‘I then flushed the toilet and left the stall.’
    • ‘Recycled rainwater will be used to flush the toilets and water the gardens.’
    • ‘Chemicals in eye: lie patient on back keep the eye open, and flush the eye with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes.’
    • ‘Members of the Castle Point Bowls Club have been having to make do with a pavilion that is ‘falling apart’ and a centre where the women's toilet has to be flushed with buckets of water.’
    • ‘The crisis was so grave that no baths were allowed and toilets were only flushed when essential.’
    • ‘More than half of all domestic water is used to flush toilets and water gardens.’
    • ‘Trays were drained and pots flushed with tap water at fortnightly intervals.’
    • ‘He flushed the toilet and washed his mouth in the sink.’
    1. 2.1[no object](of a toilet) be cleansed by flushing.
      ‘Cally heard the toilet flush’
      • ‘The only problem is that I can hear every time the toilet flushes, and that ain't cool.’
      • ‘Then, to Chloe's relief, she heard the toilet flushing down the hallway and the door to Jax's parents' room closing.’
      • ‘The toilet flushed and Jon appeared, barefoot and exhausted.’
      • ‘According to workers, the toilets had not flushed for eight days.’
      • ‘The toilet flushes and Hannah nods towards the closed stall.’
      • ‘It was all I could do to keep from laughing as I discussed filling in forms and so on, whilst loos flushed all around me.’
      • ‘I heard the sounds of his yelling and the toilet flushing together.’
      • ‘She giggled some more and I heard the toilet flushing.’
      • ‘The toilet flushed and he emerged from the bathroom, ‘nasty dude, there's mould in the shower.’’
      • ‘After she hears that toilet bowl flush she had better hear the sound of somebody washing their hands - or else.’
      • ‘The toilet flushes, there is the sound of hands being washed, and Ian steps out of the bathroom.’
      • ‘Several of the toilets did not flush properly.’
      • ‘She stooped to look at what Andrew had been writing, but had only scanned a few lines when the toilet flushed and Andrew emerged from the bathroom.’
      • ‘The toilet flushed, and, after a few more minutes, he came out.’
      • ‘At times the toilets would not flush, and at other times the floors were wet.’
      • ‘I yanked the handle, the lavatory flushed, and the yellow faded.’
      • ‘As soon as the toilet flushed inside, Kelly unlocked the door and pressed out the other side, through the laundry room.’
      • ‘External doors and windows were sealed, there was no ventilation and toilets could not flush during the wait.’
      • ‘In one room, 12 toilets are flushing as if under ghostly control; an electronic machine is pulling the virtual levers - and manipulating water temperature and pressure as well.’
      • ‘I heard disturbing noises of him gagging and throwing up and the toilet flushing.’
    2. 2.2[with object and adverbial of direction]Remove or dispose of (an object or substance) by flushing.
      ‘I flushed the pills down the lavatory’
      ‘the kidneys require more water to flush out waste products’
      • ‘Seven rivers were made to flow through the city's sewers and served to flush any sewage out of them.’
      • ‘Would my body flush this substance out of my system if I quit eating carrots now?’
      • ‘By applying bodybuilders' favorite stratagems for cutting salt intake and flushing excess sodium from the system, you can look 50 workouts fitter in just a couple of days.’
      • ‘They also found people willing to talk about the pollution at East End Beach, where sewage was flushed into the sea.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, the only thing we can do is hope to flush the poison out of his system.’
      • ‘Every six months, Dorothy has to flush excess minerals from the potting soil by pouring water through the pots until it runs out clear.’
      • ‘Your kidneys will try to flush the salts out of your body in urine, and in the process pump out more water than you are taking in.’
      • ‘I advised her to drink a lot of water and do some exercise to try to flush the caffeine out of her system as soon as possible.’
      • ‘It will help to flush all the bad toxins out of your system.’
      • ‘Girlfriends of mine have brought drugs to my house and I've had to flush drugs away and I kicked all of those people out of my life.’
      • ‘Drink a 1.5-litre bottle of water a day to flush out toxins.’
      • ‘Many watched helplessly as their life savings were flushed down the drain.’
      • ‘Like alcohol, coffee is a diuretic, which flushes fluids from the body.’
      • ‘It helps to flush the excess fluids out of your system.’
      • ‘This flushes the salt out of the plants' root zones and should minimize any detrimental effects.’
      • ‘Without rest, muscles do not receive enough oxygen and other nutrients from the blood and are unable to flush lactic acid and other metabolic wastes.’
      • ‘He said he's satisfied that because of heavy rains which flushed the detergent out, no permanent damage was done to the creek.’
      • ‘Most get flushed down the toilet, and eventually end up in the oceans.’
      • ‘I drank the requisite giant glass of water to begin flushing the alcohol out of my system and now I'll go take a shower to wash the cigarette smoke out of my hair and restore my cheer before sleep.’
      • ‘However, drink plenty of fluids to flush the radioactive substance from your body.’
    3. 2.3[with object and adverbial of direction]Cause (a liquid) to flow through something.
      ‘0.3 ml of saline is gently flushed through the tube’
      • ‘Detergent was flushed through the channels which were then brushed.’
      • ‘At each watering, plants were given enough liquid so that at least 50 ml of liquid flushed through the pot, which was then left to drain until the next watering.’
      • ‘The first few times it happened, I screamed blue murder for the nurse, who came and simply opened the clamp, increasing the flow and flushing the blood back into the vein in a wonderfully cold ripply gush.’
      • ‘She considers it fun to flush saline solution through the port in her chest.’
      • ‘One milliliter of sterile saline is flushed into the middle ear cavity and aspirated back.’
      • ‘This procedure flushed the solution throughout the heart muscle, even changing the heart's color as it rushed through the veins.’
  • 3[with object and adverbial of direction] Drive (a bird, especially a game bird, or an animal) from its cover.

    ‘the grouse were flushed from the woods’
    • ‘Females also were flushed from nests periodically to check nest contents.’
    • ‘While cow herders set fires to produce new pastureland, hunters and cattle rustlers start fires to flush out game or to cover their tracks.’
    • ‘I have risked life and limb sauntering through snake-infested grasslands hoping to flush a quail.’
    • ‘After being run to ground by hounds the fox was flushed out of its earth by a terrier and shot.’
    • ‘Nest revisits were minimized to reduce disturbance, and incubating females were not purposely flushed from nests.’
    • ‘The dogs made killings, but also flushed the foxes out of their woodland hide-aways and dispersed them into other areas.’
    • ‘However, hunting has been allowed to continue in Scotland due to a clause that allows huntsmen to use hounds to flush foxes hiding in woodlands out into the open.’
    • ‘Provisions in the Protection of Wild Mammals Act 2002 allowed for the use of dogs to flush foxes from cover for marksmen to shoot as a means of pest control.’
    • ‘We'd be out in the fields trying to flush pheasants, and flocks of migrating blackbirds would appear.’
    • ‘Before sunrise, we approached the colony and flushed the birds into the nets.’
    • ‘Since they could see my tiny movements through the window, I flushed the quail from time to time into the bushes on the other side of the yard.’
    • ‘"They're still flushing out foxes, which is hunting.’
    • ‘Under the ban, hunters are allowed to use dogs to flush foxes from their hiding places, but they are not supposed to use dogs to actively search for foxes.’
    • ‘An army of beaters will drive the birds into the skies, tacking across the hillside, flushing the grouse out of their cover and into the air for the waiting guns.’
    • ‘A pickup truck was circling the pond, which flushed some birds out of the reeds and into the open water.’
    • ‘Falconry is not outlawed and in that sport you use dogs to flush prey to your bird.’
    • ‘After dividing into smaller groups, the poachers set fires to flush out animals, then shoot them and smoke the meat.’
    • ‘Beaters gain regular employment to flush the birds towards the waiting guns, who as well as paying handsomely for their sport, patronise local hotels, restaurants and shops.’
    • ‘Officers were forced to cut the string off with a knife, specifically designed for such incidents, after flushing the sea lion out of hiding.’
    • ‘Workers avoided flushing birds during the laying period, when abandonment might be induced.’
    drive, send up, chase, force, dislodge, expel, frighten, scare
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    1. 3.1Cause to be revealed; force into the open.
      ‘they're trying to flush him out of hiding’
      • ‘Again, there is not very much wrong with that - the police have primacy to enforce the law while the army, backed by the air force, flush the guerrillas out into the open.’
      • ‘In an effort the flush the men out, the army has been blaring loudspeakers, firing stun grenades and firing bullets into the air.’
      • ‘Careful arrangements were made to flush him out of his hiding place.’
      • ‘One theory has it that the military did not surround and arrest them but instead flushed them out of the bush to run for cover and to disband and disperse.’
      • ‘The forces tried to flush them out by flooding the mains, but the resisters managed to stop the water supply.’
      • ‘This measure will help flush out the most grasping seniors.’
  • 4[no object] (of a plant) send out fresh shoots.

    ‘the plant had started to flush by late March’
    • ‘The early leaves flush immediately after bud breaking, and the late leaves appear after the early leaves are mature and continue to appear until early September.’
    • ‘In summer it bloomed with such richness that it hurt the eyes, flowers flushed to shrubs, the bluebells and snowdrops pushed their way through the drab dead leaves.’
    • ‘Flowering occurs in early spring, from March to April, and is immediately followed by leaf flushing.’
    • ‘Leaf flushing started 2 weeks after shoot emergence and was complete within 4 weeks of shoot emergence.’
    • ‘I found myself staring at Table 7.1 for some minutes to convince myself that there was indeed a seasonal pattern in leaf flushing.’
    • ‘Flowering occurs from late June to early July after leaf flushing.’
    • ‘All seedlings were dormant in December and had flushed in May.’

noun

  • 1A reddening of the face, skin, etc., typically caused by illness or strong emotion.

    ‘a flush of embarrassment rose to her cheeks’
    • ‘Jennifer smiled at the way Scott blushed, the red flush working its way up from his neck to the top of his face.’
    • ‘He ran another hand through his hair to hide the flush of red he could feel coloring his cheeks.’
    • ‘The only sign of exasperation was the slight flush to her cheeks.’
    • ‘She was dressed in all black, as usual, and her pale skin had a slight flush to it, perhaps from efforts to catch up with Mary.’
    • ‘He clutched at the light coverlet, pulling it with him as he sat up, a flush coloring his skin.’
    • ‘The room's temperature seemed to escalate and a hot flush crept up her face; she was blushing.’
    • ‘She gives a quick intake of breath, and a guilty flush colors her face.’
    • ‘There is tenderness over the appendix, often accompanied by a slight fever, a facial flush, and a rapid pulse.’
    • ‘She couldn't control her blush then; she couldn't contain the flush that rose in her cheeks as she remembered her earlier outburst.’
    • ‘Use cheek creams in peach, pink and berry colours to give yourself a healthy flush.’
    • ‘A flush warms her skin at the realization that she actually left the house wearing such an outfit.’
    • ‘A scarlet flush began at the base of the young officer's neck and moved up to the roots of his hair.’
    • ‘He looked at Jim, feeling the flush that reddened both cheeks.’
    • ‘Despite her flush of embarrassment at the small tradition, she grinned and ran down to them.’
    • ‘Ariel tried to control the embarrassed flush that rose in her cheeks.’
    • ‘A flush colored her cheeks as she lowered her focus to the blank envelope.’
    • ‘There was a flush to his tanned skin and his green eyes were unnaturally bright, but there was nothing to indicate the dull haze of alcohol.’
    • ‘When I am near her, I can feel the heat, the flush in my skin.’
    • ‘The grin widened, and a slight flush crept across his cheeks.’
    • ‘A tingling flush passed over her skin as she entered the field of light that the spell-form was casting up.’
    blush, reddening, high colour, colour, rosiness, pinkness, ruddiness, bloom
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    1. 1.1An area of warm colour or light.
      ‘the bird has a pinkish flush on the breast’
      • ‘Further down the display boards, the first flushes of colour catch the visitor's eye.’
      • ‘But the surfaces were now coloured in soft flushes of pink or orange and the marks blurring toward integration with the surfaces.’
      • ‘Wine works well for adding that lovely, rosy flush in the absence of pink light bulbs.’
      • ‘Whatever his technique, the effect was to create suave and radiant flushes of colour, with no sense of brush gesture or hint of figuration.’
      • ‘The sky was cloudless, deep violet with a flush of rose at the edge.’
  • 2[in singular] A sudden rush of intense emotion.

    ‘I was carried away in a flush of enthusiasm’
    • ‘‘We got 171 people out,’ says Clive, with a justified flush of pride.’
    • ‘Martina feels a flush of anger at the realization that her new car is about to disappear.’
    • ‘I felt a small flush of pride though - I had been clean for months.’
    • ‘After a moment, though, it became clear to me that it was a flush of rage as well as embarrassment.’
    • ‘A sudden flush of self-consciousness twitches at the ubiquitous teenage angst and she tugs at the frayed hem of her puffball skirt.’
    • ‘Charlie felt a flush of joy and relief.’
    • ‘I feel a flush of glee at having called out the president on national television, but the sensation is fleeting.’
    • ‘Holiday romances will be particularly energetic, but even long-term partners will experience a lusty flush of new love.’
    • ‘Despite the flush of excitement, Brown didn't pay the $8,975 fee Granger sought that day.’
    • ‘He thought back to the flush of excitement that had driven him to propose at seventeen.’
    • ‘Take whatever biochemical state people have in the initial flush of love.’
    • ‘Kevin again felt the flush of pride to think that a fellow aficionado was so clearly impressed by his labour of love.’
    • ‘Cynthia threw her arms around her husband's neck, in a flush of excitement and disbelief.’
    • ‘Althea felt a flush of rage, a man with such powerful magic was a thief!’
    • ‘She was talking to him with such patience that I felt a flush of pride.’
    • ‘He was swept away by him and the flush of inspiration and excitement led to some of his religious masterpieces.’
    • ‘What work I owed I postponed until it had to be churned out in a flush of rage over my being disturbed by it.’
    • ‘They had only married two years ago, and Arthur still felt a quick flush of happy excitement whenever he thought of her.’
    • ‘A flush of relief is coursing around my body and I am bear-hugging Penny's rucksack in front of me.’
    • ‘He felt a flush of embarrassed panic.’
    1. 2.1A period when something is new or particularly fresh and vigorous.
      ‘he is no longer in the first flush of youth’
      • ‘Even though it has now past the first flush of youth, the Ford Fiesta leads its segment for 2004.’
      • ‘The first movie was laced with youthful optimism and the first flush of romance and the possibilities that had seemed endless.’
      • ‘Many of those players already had some years in the game behind them but there were also quite a few, like Matt, who were still in the first flush of youth.’
      • ‘The place was fairly hopping when I got there and the great music from Joe Newman had these folks, many of them not in the first flush of youth, having a ball.’
      • ‘In the first flush of love, we care about how we look, then we get comfortable.’
      • ‘While both men have a long list of achievements to their credit, neither is in the first flush of youth.’
      • ‘Perhaps I am grievously mistaken, and have fallen victim to unsound emotion or the first flush of fatherhood.’
      • ‘She was a tall woman, who was no longer in the very first flush of youth.’
      • ‘Thirty or forty years ago, in the first flush of the sexual revolution, such ignorance would be forgivable.’
      • ‘Looking for deeper feelings beyond the first flush of love was outside the scope of the research.’
      • ‘It's a fair bet that most people who need spectacles are no longer in the first flush of youth, so could someone please explain why the choice was so universally cool and hip.’
      • ‘I tried to come up with an answer but can't get my mind away from the tag my darling husband gave me during the first flush of our enduring romance, may he be forever blessed.’
      • ‘The seam bowling is particularly thin, and Chris Silverwood is not in the first flush of youth anymore.’
      • ‘He wasn't in the first flush of youth, but he was up for everything, always smiling, always full of energy.’
      • ‘And as someone who is not exactly in the first flush of enthusiasm for the many gifts of my fellow Dundonian, let me say at once that I thought Mr Galloway was brilliant.’
      • ‘With neither of them in the first flush of youth, he worries about what will happen to his collection when he is gone.’
      • ‘She and Pacino have been glimpsed gamboling in Central Park with two-year-old twins Olivia and Anton as if they were in the first flush of wedded bliss.’
      • ‘While she may not be in the first flush of youth, she is hardly an unsightly wreck, and the faults she highlights about her body loom large to no one except her.’
      • ‘Inevitably, after the first flush of friendship, latent problems begin to rise to the surface.’
    2. 2.2A sudden abundance or spate of something.
      ‘the frogs feast on the great flush of insects’
      • ‘Here you get both an autumn and winter flush of fish, then a secondary spring run through April and May.’
      • ‘The company chief insists that 20 new models will buoy unit sales in the second half of 2003, but a flush of younger cars alone will not fix the company's problems.’
      • ‘For some local merchants, the initial flush of spending by farmers making the switch is good business.’
      • ‘Hatching coincides with the onset of the rainy season and the concomitant flush of insect populations.’
      • ‘But where is this concerted flush of global attention taking Mexican cinema?’
    3. 2.3A fresh growth of leaves, flowers, or fruit.
      • ‘Gardeners also benefit from this beauty during the late summer, when it produces edible yellow fruits after a flush of saucer-shaped flowers.’
      • ‘You can trim again in late spring, if required, after the initial flush of new growth.’
      • ‘Cut off spent flowers to promote additional flushes of bloom.’
      • ‘Damage is most common during summer flushes of new fern growth.’
      • ‘The later-picked second flush delivers a deeper colour and more robust flavours than a first flush.’
      • ‘There's not much in bloom in my garden just now apart from a second flush on the roses, and they're small, sad looking things this year.’
      • ‘In September leaf flush began and two months later the individuals showed mature leaves throughout the tree crown.’
      • ‘After the flowers finish it's a good idea to leave the flowering stems, which will often produce a second flush later in the season.’
      • ‘To encourage growth and additional flushes of flowers, feed repeat bloomers with a complete fertilizer.’
      • ‘Chanterelles grow in flushes, so revisit likely spots.’
      • ‘All trees were scored weekly for the date of bud set and bud flush in autumn of 1997 and spring of 1998, respectively.’
      • ‘A once-blooming rose with its extended flush of blossoms may work equally as well as a remontant rose under the same conditions.’
      • ‘Others cover themselves with a big flush of flowers just once a year.’
      • ‘All light trimming of summer flowering shrubs that have repeated flushes during the season could be carried out so as to allow for them to have developed a fresh flush of flowers in time for Christmas.’
      • ‘The one exception is late in the season when the last flush of flowers has set fruit.’
      • ‘The signals that modulate the timing of spring bud flush are, predominately, winter chilling and spring temperatures.’
      • ‘It bears yellow-centered, bright pink blossoms in one long flush in early summer.’
      • ‘Leaf emergence pattern is synchronic when leaves emerge as a flush during a short period, or continuous when leaves emerge gradually during the growth period.’
      • ‘As with other species, annual shoots of apple display flushes of growth interrupted by periods of rest.’
      • ‘So many wildgardeners add annual seed to their meadow areas each spring, since they want to assure a full flush of annual bloom.’
  • 3An act of cleansing something, especially a toilet, with a sudden flow of water.

    ‘an old-fashioned toilet uses six or seven gallons a flush’
    • ‘The faint sounds of a toilet ending its flush filled Jim's ears, and he realized his sense of hearing was back to its ultra-sensitive level.’
    • ‘The first toilets manufactured to this lower standard caused uproar among builders and homeowners alike because the toilets did not flush solids well, requiring multiple flushes and negating any water savings.’
    • ‘Moments later, a flush and water running from a tap were heard before the door was opened once more.’
    • ‘But nearly 27 percent of the toilets surveyed in the Tucson area used more than 2.2 gallons per flush.’
    • ‘Federal regulations require modern toilets to function on 1.6 gallons per flush or less.’
    • ‘Older toilets, made prior to the 1994 law, use as much as 3.5 to 5 gallons per flush.’
    • ‘This can result in several repeat flushes and, therefore, use more water.’
    • ‘This same amount of water equals 66 flushes per day with old, 20-litre toilets, suggesting that toilets may not be the most important focus for water conservation.’
    • ‘One flush consumes as much water as the average person in Africa uses for a whole day's drinking, cooking and cleaning.’
    • ‘On the other hand, some low-flow toilets require two flushes to get the job done anyway.’
    • ‘They were silent for a moment to first hear gagging noises, then a flush of the toilet and then running of water.’
    • ‘But the latest flush toilets use only six litres per flush.’
    • ‘The latest pressure assisted toilets using under two litres per flush are even more effective.’
    • ‘For example in most States and Territories all new homes must be fitted with dual flush toilets, using 6 or 3 litres per flush.’
    • ‘The standard household lavatory, we are told, uses 7.5 litres of water per flush.’
    • ‘That's almost three flushes on the water-saving toilet we just had installed.’
    • ‘Our largest water consumption (about 10 gallons per day) comes from toilet flushes.’
    1. 3.1The device used for flushing a toilet.
      ‘he pressed the flush absent-mindedly’
      • ‘Pushing the flush down on the toilet, I stood up slowly.’
      • ‘He cursed out of a regular habit as he pulled the flush down on the toilet.’
      • ‘Everyone is impressed by the flush on an aeroplane toilet.’
      • ‘Drinking water came from the sink in the toilet, the flush of which was operated by pulling a metal hanger in the cistern.’
      • ‘I am hopeless at fixing things but when the toilet flush goes wonky I can always tell exactly what is wrong even if I have to get a man in to do something about it.’
    2. 3.2[as modifier]Denoting a type of toilet that has a flushing device.
      • ‘There is no flush toilet in the bathroom - or anywhere else for that matter.’
      • ‘It is ironical that in a country as water starved as ours, that the flush toilet that uses less water is more expensive than one that minimises water use.’
      • ‘All residential flush toilets operate in pretty much the same way.’
      • ‘A sewage treatment facility to be built this summer will allow flush toilets, and all of the new rooms will have their own bathrooms.’
      • ‘This method probably won't gain approval from most health officials as a replacement for a flush toilet.’
      • ‘It has no electricity and no flush toilets - just Portaloos which are emptied once a fortnight.’
      • ‘Plans are to equip them with ceilings, solar panels, low flush toilets and water tanks to promote water harvesting and reduce dependency on municipal services.’
      • ‘Rather than spending money and time getting an engineering report and educating the officials, I decided to install a flush toilet.’
      • ‘There were very few flush lavatories even at foreign companies, hotels and apartments, let alone ordinary residences.’
      • ‘The float looks like the common floats found in flush toilets.’
      • ‘Showers and toilets were not separate, there was no toilet paper and in some cases no flush toilets.’
      • ‘The aqueducts provided public baths with hydrous spectacles and private houses with running water and flush toilets.’
      • ‘After chemical treatment, the water from the flush toilet is clean enough for people to wash their hands.’
      • ‘Here there's no running water, no flush latrines, no sanitation.’
    3. 3.3A sudden flow.
      ‘the melting snow provides a flush of water’
      • ‘What we need is a good flush through the Richmond River system (certainly not a major flood).’
      • ‘A lot of the lakes are dry, but the river itself, there's been a few little flushes coming down, and many people along the river have been carting water for their stock and domestic purposes.’
      • ‘On the third day, we reckoned the rain was great and isn't it good that the Todd is getting a proper flush, while we secretly hoped that the drizzle would stop.’
      • ‘By capturing the first flush of rain, the rain gardens help prevent pollution from entering waterways.’
      • ‘Neville says despite some flows down the river in the last 12 months, it's still in dire need of a good flush of water to pick the system up.’
      • ‘Tope love the first flush of a new tide as it begins to gain a little speed and washes over the structure you're fishing.’
      • ‘The Ouse was the highlight of weekend match action once again having benefited from a mid-week flush of fresh water.’
  • 4The action of driving an animal or game bird from its cover.

    ‘labradors retrieve the birds after the flush’
    • ‘Scattered turkeys will often want to regroup after the flush.’
    • ‘The handler may help the dog in order to allow the gunners and himself to get within gun range for the flush.’
    • ‘There are plenty of people who do allow their dogs to help with the flush once the handler gets up near the dog.’

Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘move rapidly, spring up’, especially of a bird ‘fly up suddenly’): symbolic, fl- frequently beginning words connected with sudden movement; perhaps influenced by flash and blush.

Pronunciation:

flush

/flʌʃ/

Main definitions of flush in English

: flush1flush2flush3flush4

flush2

adjective

  • 1Completely level or even with another surface.

    ‘the gates are flush with the adjoining fencing’
    • ‘Office cladding is designed as a vented, triple-glazed flush facade.’
    • ‘Slowly take one or two steps forward, keeping your entire upper-back and shoulder area flush against the wall.’
    • ‘To even out the slight irregularities in masonry or old plaster, it is likely you will need some shim material to get the furring surfaces flush with each other.’
    • ‘Cut the risers so that the heads of the sprinklers are flush with the ground.’
    • ‘Then trim the drawer fronts with a saw so the ends are flush with the drawer sides.’
    • ‘The excess length of bolt will be cut off for a flush finish.’
    • ‘The forearm is nicely rounded and the use of a flush fitting, six-round, metal magazine keeps the bottom line clean and uncluttered.’
    • ‘I used regular wood screws and countersunk them in the PVC to allow a flush surface.’
    • ‘So make sure that screws are perfectly flush with the surface or use wood plugs.’
    • ‘The lining caused the turret hatches to be thicker and no longer flush with the turret surface.’
    • ‘The putter should be flush against the ground, with the arms and stance comfortable in relation to the position of the ball.’
    • ‘Cut each piece for a snug fit, and install them so that the top of the riser is exactly flush with the top of the stringer notch.’
    • ‘A hospital track that is flush with the ceiling tile controls the shower curtain.’
    • ‘After rotating the water block so it was flush everything started working fine.’
    • ‘The tire's tilt so it can be flush with the track surface.’
    • ‘The 1.8-litre turbo has contemporary flush headlights and beefed-up haunches, the oval mouth replaced by a cheeky smile.’
    • ‘A clerestory on either side, and a flush panoramic window extend across the full width of the facade which faces across a valley.’
    • ‘Their door is flush with the ground, so I busted out a window and stuck it in there.’
    1. 1.1(of printed text) not indented or protruding.
      ‘each line is flush with the left-hand margin’
      • ‘Left alignment ensures all text is flush with left margin and ragged on the right margin.’
      • ‘Second, center the entire page on the screen instead of having it flush left.’
      • ‘I'd prefer it looked like this, with a flush left margin.’
      • ‘All text is flush left unless otherwise indicated, with ½ inch indent on first line of paragraph.’
      • ‘Computer applications like Microsoft Word have us trained that PC-screen content is always flush left?’
    2. 1.2(of a door) having a smooth surface, without indented or protruding panels or mouldings.
      • ‘A recently discovered block-and-shell bureau table by John Townsend - one of only two with a flush door - is said to have descended directly from the cabinetmaker.’
      • ‘When retracted, the gears were fully enclosed by mechanically operated flush doors.’
      • ‘A flush door was kicked in and a neighbour crawled into the flat on his hands and knees and dragged the occupant to safety.’
      • ‘A wide assortment of ornamental carved doors, seasoned flush doors, imported modular skin panel doors and doorframes would be available.’
  • 2informal [predicative] Having plenty of something, especially money.

    ‘the banks are flush with funds’
    • ‘Finally we find a machine flush with cash and in a few minutes we pull up outside my flat.’
    • ‘That leaves the team flush with cash, which it should be more than willing to spend in the event.’
    • ‘Those who were a little more flush with cash might have been able to invest in a burger and carton of chips before thumbing their way home.’
    • ‘And at that time did he seem to be quite flush with cash?’
    • ‘Those qualities are on full display again with Leaders Of The Free World, a record flush with urgent emotion and musical dexterity.’
    • ‘Our primary schools are already flush with funds, our universities are up to the mark with Western universities.’
    • ‘The irony is that hard-up Paddy's is flush with character, while the ersatz grandeur of malls and the like offer a poorer shopping experience by far.’
    • ‘The Web has always been flush with counterculture independents willing to break rules that aren't working anyway.’
    • ‘However, it is frustrating that we did our best to stop these benefits - and I offered to repay it in full when I was flush with cash last year, only to be knocked back!’
    • ‘So, flush with cash, private-equity funds are swarming over Tinseltown.’
    • ‘Did the young man, suddenly flush with success, bury his money in tomato cans in his back yard?’
    • ‘So, flush with cash from the power plant sales and the securitization, Judge went shopping.’
    • ‘Suppliers have their own shareholders to consider and few of them are flush with cash these days.’
    • ‘Conversely, extremist right-wing political groups tend to find their greatest groundswells of support in areas not too flush with cash.’
    • ‘The first photograph is flush with lush colour, bluest skies and a verdant forest pathway.’
    • ‘The Government is so flush with cash that it cancelled the 2005 January bond tender.’
    well supplied with, replete with, overflowing with, bursting with, brimful with, brimming with, loaded with, overloaded with, abounding in, well provided with, well stocked with, rich in, abundant in, rife with
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    1. 2.1(of money) plentiful.
      ‘the years when cash was flush’
      • ‘When money's flush, hiring help isn't a bad thing.’
      • ‘They have a great deal with Nike and other sponsorship dollars are flush despite what happened in Germany last year.’
      • ‘A lot of the projects were started when money was flush.’
      • ‘Don't rush to hire when sales turn strong and cash is flush.’
      • ‘The port and claret were laid down in happier times, when cash was flush and planning for the future mattered.’

adverb

  • 1So as to be level or even.

    ‘the screw must fit flush with the surface’
    • ‘The grills for these protrude from the case and prevent the Topspeed unit from sitting flush with the case.’
    • ‘When I removed my hand, the envelope stayed flush against the wall.’
    • ‘Nail the hangers on flush with the edge of these new marks.’
    • ‘The tail bumper, in retracted position, fitted flush with the fuselage surface.’
    • ‘Cover all nail dimples, applying the mud flush with the panel.’
    • ‘This activates the spring-loaded extractor which kicks fired cases clear, then snaps back flush with the cylinder.’
    • ‘The solution is simple: white plexi strips mounted flush with the frame should provide the diffuse light I am looking for.’
    • ‘In that case, use a block plane to plane the jamb flush with the interior wall surface.’
    • ‘When sitting flush with the back, the fan was too close to the keyboard/mouse connectors on the motherboard.’
    • ‘Tim beveled the slide stop and cut the pin flush with the right side of the frame.’
    • ‘His arms went around her back like steel bands, pressing her flush against him.’
    • ‘If you are tight on space, you can set the divider flush against the wall and even put some furniture like a chair or desk in front of it.’
    • ‘If operators are able to place a dish flush against a wall, whispers can be discerned.’
    • ‘The device has a plastic box, which fits flush against a wall or ceiling.’
    • ‘The thickness of the carpet and pad will bring the top of the carpet flush with the top of the treads on each side of it.’
    • ‘When pruning, always cut tree branches flush to the trunk.’
    • ‘Unlike both the hourglass and the lozenge types, these windows - in most instances - end flush with the far wall.’
    • ‘Secure it with two nails hammered flush, at a 45-degree angle just below the next highest row of shingles.’
    • ‘An improperly placed screw can shift the hinge position slightly or force the screw to tilt so its head does not sit flush.’
    • ‘Drilled in and hammered flush, they gave the bench a look that even Martha Stewart would love.’
  • 2So as to be directly centred; squarely.

    ‘Hodson caught him flush on the jaw with a straight right’
    • ‘Off the tee I hit the ball flush with the sweet spot of the driver.’
    • ‘A left hook caught him flush on the jaw and he staggered across the ring.’
    • ‘This is a sign they've really caught the ball flush and created a strong, piercing ball flight.’
    • ‘If you get caught flush on the chin that's fair enough.’
    • ‘She punched him flush in the jaw, then kicked him in the gut to double him over.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Fill in (a joint) level with a surface.

    • ‘If you're building perpendicular to an existing wall, lay the 2x4 plates next to each other and flush the ends.’
    • ‘Use a palm sander to flush the edge of the plywood in line with the doorframe.’
    • ‘Grinding or shaving can be employed to flush the joint at the location of the panel assembly and fastener joint.’

Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘perfect, lacking nothing’): probably related to flush.

Pronunciation:

flush

/flʌʃ/

Main definitions of flush in English

: flush1flush2flush3flush4

flush3

noun

  • (in poker or brag) a hand of cards all of the same suit.

    • ‘The scoring is the same as for the players' hands except that a flush in the crib only scores if all four crib cards and the start card are of the same suit.’
    • ‘Some players do not count straights or flushes at all in this game.’
    • ‘Chances are good that the trips will be beat by a full house, a flush, or a straight.’
    • ‘Most of the contracts are made up of sets and runs as usual, but contract 8 requires a 7 card flush.’
    • ‘When comparing two flushes, the highest card determines which is higher.’
    • ‘What do you suppose your odds are of being dealt a flush on your first five cards?’
    • ‘One problem with this is that six-card flushes and straights are much rarer than five-card ones.’
    • ‘Four card flushes do not count in Table Top Cribbage.’
    • ‘If the start card is the same suit as well, the flush is worth 4 points.’
    • ‘If one player has a straight, we can't beat that for high, but presumably some of the other players are drawing live to flushes or full houses or bigger straights.’
    • ‘As with flushes, these rank according to the highest card; if the highest cards of two hands are equal the second highest cards are compared, and if these are equal too then the third highest.’
    • ‘If unpaired, his two high cards were suited or sequenced and could lead to a flush or straight.’
    • ‘Between two flushes in the same suit, the one with the higher top card is better.’
    • ‘Thus it would seem that KQ royal should appear higher in our strategy table than the 3-card flush with two high cards.’
    • ‘This rule says that a running flush in which the top card is higher in rank than a Prial will beat the Prial.’
    • ‘Three flushes: the back and middle hands are flushes, and the front hand is a three-card flush (three cards of one suit).’
    • ‘Heartless men, dashing knights of the keyboard, arranged their cards into pairs and flushes and whatever else was necessary to rob a rube - me - of his next week's paycheck.’
    • ‘When comparing flushes, the highest card is compared first, then if these are equal the middle card, and finally if necessary the lowest.’
    • ‘He said that any fool could bet on a busted flush in poker, or swear that black is white, but that isn't a classic lie.’
    • ‘As between two flushes, the one containing the highest ranking card wins, with cards of subsequent ranks determining the hands if the highest cards tie.’

Origin

Early 16th century: from French flux (formerly flus), from Latin fluxus a flow (see flux: the use in cards can be compared with English run).

Pronunciation:

flush

/flʌʃ/

Main definitions of flush in English

: flush1flush2flush3flush4

flush4

noun

Ecology
  • A piece of wet ground over which water flows without being confined to a definite channel.

    • ‘The snail lives around the flushes of natural springs in the Sand Dale area, where it feeds on the lush vegetation.’
    • ‘The area will become a haven for people interested in the environment, and will boast a range of habitats including woodland, pasture, reservoirs, the brook and valleyside flushes.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘marshy place’): variant of flash.

Pronunciation:

flush

/flʌʃ/