One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Involving or engaged in a headlong or potentially disastrous rush to do something.‘do not follow the Gadarene rush’
- ‘A significant, perhaps indeed the most significant, factor in the Gadarene rush to war in 1914 was the rigidity that these mobilization imperatives introduced into both diplomatic and military calculations.’
- ‘For the record, it was the Tories who started this Gadarene stampede, although they at least have the grace to repent of it now.’
- ‘Although we have seen that we can dismiss a Gadarene school hypothesis, this does not necessarily preclude the development of a local satiric outlook.’
- ‘We are being joined in the Gadarene rush by none other than the Commission on Social Justice.’
- ‘It was a Gadarene rush of highly-educated CEOs and Harvard MBAs.’
- ‘I imagine that Gadarene parents used the demoniac to scare their children into obedience like we do the boogeyman.’
- ‘If the Government is to persist in this ill conceived Gadarene stratagem, how about a mission statement to complement it, such as ‘flirt with the feckless and woo the worthless.’’
- ‘As we report today, and as we have consistently argued throughout this Gadarene rush towards war, there has to be a justification for any attack.’
Early 19th century: from New Testament Greek Gadarēnos ‘inhabitant of Gadara’, with reference to the story of the swine that rushed down a steep cliff into the sea (Matt. 8:28–32).
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