Main definitions of flush in English

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verb

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

    ‘Rachel flushed angrily’
    • ‘My face feels really flushed and hot from the central heating, and I'm mainly thinking about that.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The manager's face flushed, and he interrupted, ‘My wife is from Grand Rapids!’’
    • ‘Jude's skin flushed hotly at her sudden embrace.’
    • ‘Legs still wobbly and face flushed, I went back to set and told S what I'd done.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For the first time, Elle flushed under his gaze.’
    • ‘Her skin reacted to the small touches, goose bumps jittering across her flesh as her face flushed hot.’
    • ‘Cael could feel his face flushed with the fever, sweat beading on his forehead, his body shaking with chills.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His face flushed slightly with remembered anger for a moment, then he shook it off.’
    • ‘The man's face flushed slightly with anger.’
    • ‘Her face flushed to pink, as tears trickled down her cheeks.’
    • ‘Perry's cheeks flushed slightly pink, and he followed Jake onto the bus, shutting the door.’
    • ‘She subconsciously hid her feet underneath her bookbag and her little face became flushed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although my face looked flushed, I was able to reapply my make-up and go out that evening.’
    • ‘The servant girl looks at the ground, her cheeks flushing with embarrassment.’
    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, colour, colour up, change colour, crimson, tint, burn up
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    1. 1.1with object Make red and hot.
      ‘a wave of colour flushed his cheeks’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Hot embarrassment flushed her cheeks as she threw back the quilt, taking care not to crease it.’
      • ‘Lucinda quickly regained her composure, a dark blush flushing her pale cheeks, as she reopened the book, hurriedly skimming the past page.’
      • ‘She was thankful for the darkness because of the blush that flushed 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Kristen added, rushing to her feet as well, a rosy blush flushing her cheeks.’
      red, pink, ruddy, glowing, reddish, pinkish, florid, high-coloured, healthy-looking, aglow, burning, flaming, feverish, rubicund, roseate, rosy
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    2. 1.2 Glow or cause to glow with warm colour or light.
      with object ‘the sky was flushed with the gold of dawn’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Dawn too was a light show with the sky flushed into pastel shades.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Keleus thrust his spear into the earth and looked upon the dying sky, flushed in crimson, and he whispered unto the winds.’
  • 2with 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’
    • ‘He flushed the toilet and washed his mouth in the sink.’
    • ‘The crisis was so grave that no baths were allowed and toilets were only flushed when essential.’
    • ‘By 315 AD, it is said that Rome as a city had 144 public toilets which were flushed clean by running water.’
    • ‘In case you lose power, you will still have water to flush toilets or wash up.’
    • ‘The drains have now been flushed out and the water supply has returned to normal.’
    • ‘In case of contact immediately flush eyes or skin with plenty of water.’
    • ‘To avoid accumulation of nutrients in the growth media, the sand was flushed once every week with water.’
    • ‘Toilets could not be flushed during the water crisis.’
    • ‘Then flush the toilet to drain off the water in the basin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Imagine, we use two gallons of quality drinking water every time we flush the toilet.’
    • ‘Chemicals in eye: lie patient on back keep the eye open, and flush the eye with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes.’
    • ‘An aluminum foil collar on the rim of the pot and flushing the soil occasionally with heavy watering will prevent this problem.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘More than half of all domestic water is used to flush toilets and water gardens.’
    • ‘Recycled rainwater will be used to flush the toilets and water the gardens.’
    • ‘Trays were drained and pots flushed with tap water at fortnightly intervals.’
    • ‘If there is a blockage, try to get most of it out and then flush with a garden hose.’
    1. 2.1no object (of a toilet) be cleansed by flushing.
      ‘Cally heard the toilet flush’
      • ‘According to workers, the toilets had not flushed for eight days.’
      • ‘The toilet flushes and Hannah nods towards the closed stall.’
      • ‘The toilet flushed, and, after a few more minutes, he came out.’
      • ‘As soon as the toilet flushed inside, Kelly unlocked the door and pressed out the other side, through the laundry room.’
      • ‘The toilet flushed and he emerged from the bathroom, ‘nasty dude, there's mould in the shower.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After she hears that toilet bowl flush she had better hear the sound of somebody washing their hands - or else.’
      • ‘Several of the toilets did not flush properly.’
      • ‘Then, to Chloe's relief, she heard the toilet flushing down the hallway and the door to Jax's parents' room closing.’
      • ‘At times the toilets would not flush, and at other times the floors were wet.’
      • ‘The toilet flushed and Jon appeared, barefoot and exhausted.’
      • ‘External doors and windows were sealed, there was no ventilation and toilets could not flush during the wait.’
      • ‘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 flushes, there is the sound of hands being washed, and Ian steps out of the bathroom.’
      • ‘I heard disturbing noises of him gagging and throwing up and the toilet flushing.’
      • ‘The only problem is that I can hear every time the toilet flushes, and that ain't cool.’
      • ‘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 yanked the handle, the lavatory flushed, and the yellow faded.’
    2. 2.2with 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Like alcohol, coffee is a diuretic, which flushes fluids from the body.’
      • ‘He said he's satisfied that because of heavy rains which flushed the detergent out, no permanent damage was done to the creek.’
      • ‘Drink a 1.5-litre bottle of water a day to flush out toxins.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They also found people willing to talk about the pollution at East End Beach, where sewage was flushed into the sea.’
      • ‘It helps to flush the excess fluids out of your system.’
      • ‘It will help to flush all the bad toxins out of your system.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Would my body flush this substance out of my system if I quit eating carrots now?’
      • ‘Unfortunately, the only thing we can do is hope to flush the poison out of his system.’
      • ‘However, drink plenty of fluids to flush the radioactive substance from your body.’
      • ‘Most get flushed down the toilet, and eventually end up in the oceans.’
      • ‘This flushes the salt out of the plants' root zones and should minimize any detrimental effects.’
      • ‘Many watched helplessly as their life savings were flushed down the drain.’
      rinse, rinse out, wash, wash down, wash out, sluice, swill, cleanse, clean, hose, hose down, swab
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    3. 2.3with object and adverbial of direction Cause (a liquid) to flow through something.
      ‘0.3 ml of saline is gently flushed through the tube’
      • ‘She considers it fun to flush saline solution through the port in her chest.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Detergent was flushed through the channels which were then brushed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This procedure flushed the solution throughout the heart muscle, even changing the heart's color as it rushed through the veins.’
      • ‘One milliliter of sterile saline is flushed into the middle ear cavity and aspirated back.’
  • 3with 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A pickup truck was circling the pond, which flushed some birds out of the reeds and into the open water.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The dogs made killings, but also flushed the foxes out of their woodland hide-aways and dispersed them into other areas.’
    • ‘Nest revisits were minimized to reduce disturbance, and incubating females were not purposely flushed from nests.’
    • ‘While cow herders set fires to produce new pastureland, hunters and cattle rustlers start fires to flush out game or to cover their tracks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Falconry is not outlawed and in that sport you use dogs to flush prey to your bird.’
    • ‘Workers avoided flushing birds during the laying period, when abandonment might be induced.’
    • ‘After being run to ground by hounds the fox was flushed out of its earth by a terrier and shot.’
    • ‘I have risked life and limb sauntering through snake-infested grasslands hoping to flush a quail.’
    • ‘Before sunrise, we approached the colony and flushed the birds into the nets.’
    • ‘We'd be out in the fields trying to flush pheasants, and flocks of migrating blackbirds would appear.’
    • ‘Females also were flushed from nests periodically to check nest contents.’
    • ‘Officers were forced to cut the string off with a knife, specifically designed for such incidents, after flushing the sea lion out of hiding.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After dividing into smaller groups, the poachers set fires to flush out animals, then shoot them and smoke the meat.’
    • ‘"They're still flushing out foxes, which is hunting.’
    drive, send up, chase, force, dislodge, expel, frighten, scare
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    1. 3.1 Cause to be revealed; force into the open.
      ‘they're trying to flush him out of hiding’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Careful arrangements were made to flush him out of his hiding place.’
      • ‘The forces tried to flush them out by flooding the mains, but the resisters managed to stop the water supply.’
      • ‘In an effort the flush the men out, the army has been blaring loudspeakers, firing stun grenades and firing bullets into the air.’
      • ‘This measure will help flush out the most grasping seniors.’
  • 4no object (of a plant) send out fresh shoots.

    ‘the plant had started to flush by late March’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All seedlings were dormant in December and had flushed in May.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I found myself staring at Table 7.1 for some minutes to convince myself that there was indeed a seasonal pattern in leaf flushing.’
    • ‘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 from late June to early July after leaf flushing.’

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.’
    • ‘The room's temperature seemed to escalate and a hot flush crept up her face; she was blushing.’
    • ‘A flush warms her skin at the realization that she actually left the house wearing such an outfit.’
    • ‘She couldn't control her blush then; she couldn't contain the flush that rose in her cheeks as she remembered her earlier outburst.’
    • ‘There is tenderness over the appendix, often accompanied by a slight fever, a facial flush, and a rapid pulse.’
    • ‘The grin widened, and a slight flush crept across his cheeks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He clutched at the light coverlet, pulling it with him as he sat up, a flush coloring his skin.’
    • ‘She gives a quick intake of breath, and a guilty flush colors her face.’
    • ‘A tingling flush passed over her skin as she entered the field of light that the spell-form was casting up.’
    • ‘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 only sign of exasperation was the slight flush to her cheeks.’
    • ‘Ariel tried to control the embarrassed flush that rose in her cheeks.’
    • ‘Use cheek creams in peach, pink and berry colours to give yourself a healthy flush.’
    • ‘A flush colored her cheeks as she lowered her focus to the blank envelope.’
    • ‘A scarlet flush began at the base of the young officer's neck and moved up to the roots of his hair.’
    • ‘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 ran another hand through his hair to hide the flush of red he could feel coloring his cheeks.’
    blush, reddening, high colour, colour, rosiness, pinkness, ruddiness, bloom
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    1. 1.1 An 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.’
      • ‘The sky was cloudless, deep violet with a flush of rose at the edge.’
      • ‘Wine works well for adding that lovely, rosy flush in the absence of pink light bulbs.’
      • ‘But the surfaces were now coloured in soft flushes of pink or orange and the marks blurring toward integration with the surfaces.’
      • ‘Whatever his technique, the effect was to create suave and radiant flushes of colour, with no sense of brush gesture or hint of figuration.’
  • 2in singular A sudden rush of intense emotion.

    ‘I was carried away in a flush of enthusiasm’
    • ‘Charlie felt a flush of joy and relief.’
    • ‘I felt a small flush of pride though - I had been clean for months.’
    • ‘‘We got 171 people out,’ says Clive, with a justified flush of pride.’
    • ‘A sudden flush of self-consciousness twitches at the ubiquitous teenage angst and she tugs at the frayed hem of her puffball skirt.’
    • ‘After a moment, though, it became clear to me that it was a flush of rage as well as embarrassment.’
    • ‘Martina feels a flush of anger at the realization that her new car is about to disappear.’
    • ‘They had only married two years ago, and Arthur still felt a quick flush of happy excitement whenever he thought of her.’
    • ‘Holiday romances will be particularly energetic, but even long-term partners will experience a lusty flush of new love.’
    • ‘A flush of relief is coursing around my body and I am bear-hugging Penny's rucksack in front of me.’
    • ‘Cynthia threw her arms around her husband's neck, in a flush of excitement and disbelief.’
    • ‘What work I owed I postponed until it had to be churned out in a flush of rage over my being disturbed by it.’
    • ‘He felt a flush of embarrassed panic.’
    • ‘He was swept away by him and the flush of inspiration and excitement led to some of his religious masterpieces.’
    • ‘She was talking to him with such patience that I felt a flush of pride.’
    • ‘He thought back to the flush of excitement that had driven him to propose at seventeen.’
    • ‘Despite the flush of excitement, Brown didn't pay the $8,975 fee Granger sought that day.’
    • ‘Kevin again felt the flush of pride to think that a fellow aficionado was so clearly impressed by his labour of love.’
    • ‘Althea felt a flush of rage, a man with such powerful magic was a thief!’
    • ‘I feel a flush of glee at having called out the president on national television, but the sensation is fleeting.’
    • ‘Take whatever biochemical state people have in the initial flush of love.’
    1. 2.1 A period when something is new or particularly fresh and vigorous.
      ‘he is no longer in the first flush of youth’
      • ‘While both men have a long list of achievements to their credit, neither is in the first flush of youth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Looking for deeper feelings beyond the first flush of love was outside the scope of the research.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the first flush of love, we care about how we look, then we get comfortable.’
      • ‘The first movie was laced with youthful optimism and the first flush of romance and the possibilities that had seemed endless.’
      • ‘The seam bowling is particularly thin, and Chris Silverwood is not in the first flush of youth anymore.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With neither of them in the first flush of youth, he worries about what will happen to his collection when he is gone.’
      • ‘He wasn't in the first flush of youth, but he was up for everything, always smiling, always full of energy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Inevitably, after the first flush of friendship, latent problems begin to rise to the surface.’
      • ‘Even though it has now past the first flush of youth, the Ford Fiesta leads its segment for 2004.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘Perhaps I am grievously mistaken, and have fallen victim to unsound emotion or the first flush of fatherhood.’
      bloom, glow, freshness, radiance, vigour, rush
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    2. 2.2 A sudden abundance or spate of something.
      ‘the frogs feast on the great flush of insects’
      • ‘For some local merchants, the initial flush of spending by farmers making the switch is good business.’
      • ‘But where is this concerted flush of global attention taking Mexican cinema?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Hatching coincides with the onset of the rainy season and the concomitant flush of insect populations.’
      • ‘Here you get both an autumn and winter flush of fish, then a secondary spring run through April and May.’
    3. 2.3 A fresh growth of leaves, flowers, or fruit.
      • ‘To encourage growth and additional flushes of flowers, feed repeat bloomers with a complete fertilizer.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You can trim again in late spring, if required, after the initial flush of new growth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In September leaf flush began and two months later the individuals showed mature leaves throughout the tree crown.’
      • ‘The one exception is late in the season when the last flush of flowers has set fruit.’
      • ‘It bears yellow-centered, bright pink blossoms in one long flush in early summer.’
      • ‘Damage is most common during summer flushes of new fern growth.’
      • ‘Gardeners also benefit from this beauty during the late summer, when it produces edible yellow fruits after a flush of saucer-shaped flowers.’
      • ‘All trees were scored weekly for the date of bud set and bud flush in autumn of 1997 and spring of 1998, respectively.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The signals that modulate the timing of spring bud flush are, predominately, winter chilling and spring temperatures.’
      • ‘Others cover themselves with a big flush of flowers just once a year.’
      • ‘A once-blooming rose with its extended flush of blossoms may work equally as well as a remontant rose under the same conditions.’
      • ‘Chanterelles grow in flushes, so revisit likely spots.’
      • ‘So many wildgardeners add annual seed to their meadow areas each spring, since they want to assure a full flush of annual bloom.’
      • ‘Cut off spent flowers to promote additional flushes of bloom.’
      • ‘The later-picked second flush delivers a deeper colour and more robust flavours than a first flush.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As with other species, annual shoots of apple display flushes of growth interrupted by periods of rest.’
  • 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.’
    • ‘They were silent for a moment to first hear gagging noises, then a flush of the toilet and then running of water.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The standard household lavatory, we are told, uses 7.5 litres of water per flush.’
    • ‘This can result in several repeat flushes and, therefore, use more water.’
    • ‘One flush consumes as much water as the average person in Africa uses for a whole day's drinking, cooking and cleaning.’
    • ‘But nearly 27 percent of the toilets surveyed in the Tucson area used more than 2.2 gallons per flush.’
    • ‘For example in most States and Territories all new homes must be fitted with dual flush toilets, using 6 or 3 litres per flush.’
    • ‘Older toilets, made prior to the 1994 law, use as much as 3.5 to 5 gallons per flush.’
    • ‘That's almost three flushes on the water-saving toilet we just had installed.’
    • ‘But the latest flush toilets use only six litres per flush.’
    • ‘Our largest water consumption (about 10 gallons per day) comes from toilet flushes.’
    • ‘On the other hand, some low-flow toilets require two flushes to get the job done anyway.’
    • ‘The latest pressure assisted toilets using under two litres per flush are even more effective.’
    • ‘Moments later, a flush and water running from a tap were heard before the door was opened once more.’
    • ‘Federal regulations require modern toilets to function on 1.6 gallons per flush or less.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 3.1 The device used for flushing a toilet.
      ‘he pressed the flush absent-mindedly’
      • ‘Pushing the flush down on the toilet, I stood up slowly.’
      • ‘Drinking water came from the sink in the toilet, the flush of which was operated by pulling a metal hanger in the cistern.’
      • ‘He cursed out of a regular habit as he pulled the flush down on the toilet.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Everyone is impressed by the flush on an aeroplane toilet.’
    2. 3.2as modifier Denoting a type of toilet that has a flushing device.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The float looks like the common floats found in flush toilets.’
      • ‘After chemical treatment, the water from the flush toilet is clean enough for people to wash their hands.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The aqueducts provided public baths with hydrous spectacles and private houses with running water and flush toilets.’
      • ‘Showers and toilets were not separate, there was no toilet paper and in some cases no flush toilets.’
      • ‘There is no flush toilet in the bathroom - or anywhere else for that matter.’
      • ‘There were very few flush lavatories even at foreign companies, hotels and apartments, let alone ordinary residences.’
      • ‘Here there's no running water, no flush latrines, no sanitation.’
      • ‘Rather than spending money and time getting an engineering report and educating the officials, I decided to install a flush toilet.’
      • ‘All residential flush toilets operate in pretty much the same way.’
    3. 3.3 A sudden flow.
      ‘the melting snow provides a flush of water’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘By capturing the first flush of rain, the rain gardens help prevent pollution from entering waterways.’
      • ‘The Ouse was the highlight of weekend match action once again having benefited from a mid-week flush of fresh 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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 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.’
    • ‘There are plenty of people who do allow their dogs to help with the flush once the handler gets up near the dog.’
    • ‘The handler may help the dog in order to allow the gunners and himself to get within gun range for the flush.’

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’
    • ‘The tire's tilt so it can be flush with the track surface.’
    • ‘Then trim the drawer fronts with a saw so the ends are flush with the drawer sides.’
    • ‘The 1.8-litre turbo has contemporary flush headlights and beefed-up haunches, the oval mouth replaced by a cheeky smile.’
    • ‘Their door is flush with the ground, so I busted out a window and stuck it in there.’
    • ‘The forearm is nicely rounded and the use of a flush fitting, six-round, metal magazine keeps the bottom line clean and uncluttered.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A hospital track that is flush with the ceiling tile controls the shower curtain.’
    • ‘Cut the risers so that the heads of the sprinklers are flush with the ground.’
    • ‘Office cladding is designed as a vented, triple-glazed flush facade.’
    • ‘The lining caused the turret hatches to be thicker and no longer flush with the turret surface.’
    • ‘A clerestory on either side, and a flush panoramic window extend across the full width of the facade which faces across a valley.’
    • ‘Slowly take one or two steps forward, keeping your entire upper-back and shoulder area flush against the wall.’
    • ‘After rotating the water block so it was flush everything started working fine.’
    • ‘The putter should be flush against the ground, with the arms and stance comfortable in relation to the position of the ball.’
    • ‘The excess length of bolt will be cut off for a flush finish.’
    • ‘So make sure that screws are perfectly flush with the surface or use wood plugs.’
    • ‘I used regular wood screws and countersunk them in the PVC to allow a flush surface.’
    1. 1.1 (of printed text) not indented or protruding.
      ‘each line is flush with the left-hand margin’
      • ‘All text is flush left unless otherwise indicated, with ½ inch indent on first line of paragraph.’
      • ‘Second, center the entire page on the screen instead of having it flush left.’
      • ‘Left alignment ensures all text is flush with left margin and ragged on the right margin.’
      • ‘I'd prefer it looked like this, with a flush left margin.’
      • ‘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.
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘So, flush with cash, private-equity funds are swarming over Tinseltown.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our primary schools are already flush with funds, our universities are up to the mark with Western universities.’
    • ‘And at that time did he seem to be quite flush with cash?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Government is so flush with cash that it cancelled the 2005 January bond tender.’
    • ‘Conversely, extremist right-wing political groups tend to find their greatest groundswells of support in areas not too 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.’
    • ‘That leaves the team flush with cash, which it should be more than willing to spend in the event.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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 first photograph is flush with lush colour, bluest skies and a verdant forest pathway.’
    • ‘Finally we find a machine flush with cash and in a few minutes we pull up outside my flat.’
    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’
      • ‘Don't rush to hire when sales turn strong and cash is flush.’
      • ‘They have a great deal with Nike and other sponsorship dollars are flush despite what happened in Germany last year.’
      • ‘When money's flush, hiring help isn't a bad thing.’
      • ‘A lot of the projects were started when money was flush.’
      • ‘The port and claret were laid down in happier times, when cash was flush and planning for the future mattered.’
      plentiful, abundant, copious, ample, profuse, superabundant, infinite, inexhaustible, opulent, prolific, teeming, in abundance
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adverb

  • 1So as to be level or even.

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

    ‘Hodson caught him flush on the jaw with a straight right’
    • ‘If you get caught flush on the chin that's fair enough.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She punched him flush in the jaw, then kicked him in the gut to double him over.’
    • ‘This is a sign they've really caught the ball flush and created a strong, piercing ball flight.’

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.

    • ‘If the start card is the same suit as well, the flush is worth 4 points.’
    • ‘Four card flushes do not count in Table Top Cribbage.’
    • ‘When comparing two flushes, the highest card determines which is higher.’
    • ‘Three flushes: the back and middle hands are flushes, and the front hand is a three-card flush (three cards of one suit).’
    • ‘One problem with this is that six-card flushes and straights are much rarer than five-card ones.’
    • ‘Some players do not count straights or flushes at all in this game.’
    • ‘Most of the contracts are made up of sets and runs as usual, but contract 8 requires a 7 card flush.’
    • ‘Between two flushes in the same suit, the one with the higher top card is better.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If unpaired, his two high cards were suited or sequenced and could lead to a flush or straight.’
    • ‘This rule says that a running flush in which the top card is higher in rank than a Prial will beat the Prial.’
    • ‘Chances are good that the trips will be beat by a full house, a flush, or a straight.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thus it would seem that KQ royal should appear higher in our strategy table than the 3-card flush with two high cards.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When comparing flushes, the highest card is compared first, then if these are equal the middle card, and finally if necessary the lowest.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What do you suppose your odds are of being dealt a flush on your first five cards?’
    • ‘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.’

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/