Main definitions of rash in English

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rash1

adjective

  • Displaying or proceeding from a lack of careful consideration of the possible consequences of an action.

    ‘it would be extremely rash to make such an assumption’
    ‘a rash decision’
    • ‘A rash action or a hasty decision at this time could have calamitous results.’
    • ‘John Terry booked after a rash challenge which nearly lost Holdsworth his head.’
    • ‘Most call-centre vehicles do have phone numbers displayed, to complain about rash driving.’
    • ‘Luis Garcia goes close after getting away with a rash challenge on the goalkeeper.’
    • ‘So in reality her quick thinking and rash acting had caused Jeff to faint.’
    • ‘One has to trust, for all our sakes, this isn't a rash prediction.’
    • ‘Her future takes a dramatic turn when she follows an uncharacteristically rash instinct and travels to the slums of Bombay.’
    • ‘The reformist troops weren't rash or impetuous enough to do something so drastic without direct orders.’
    • ‘Apart from Rooney's rash moment, which even then was silly rather than truly incendiary, the players emerged with credit.’
    • ‘Have we really thought through the consequences of rash action now?’
    • ‘But it was a rash challenge from Simon Francis to give away the penalty.’
    • ‘Could I really destroy the chances for the whole group in one rash decision?’
    • ‘Got away with just a yellow card for one rash tackle that underlined his commitment.’
    • ‘But what must be deterred is none other than America's rash action.’
    • ‘Everyone discusses their hotels and makes rash predictions for the best pavilions.’
    • ‘He said Deputy Fleming ‘should learn his history and not be making rash statements’.’
    • ‘Now is not the time to make any rash decisions, " she said.’
    • ‘I usually restrain myself from making such a rash move, but it's not easy.’
    • ‘He had obvious talent, but had a habit of making a couple of rash tackles.’
    • ‘There certainly has been no idle chatter preceding this 2000 decider, no rash predictions.’
    reckless, impetuous, impulsive, hasty, overhasty, foolhardy, incautious, precipitate, precipitous, premature, careless, heedless, thoughtless, imprudent, foolish, headstrong, adventurous, over-adventurous, hot-headed, daredevil, devil-may-care, overbold, audacious, indiscreet
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Origin

Late Middle English (also in Scots and northern English in the sense ‘nimble, eager’): of Germanic origin; related to German rasch.

Pronunciation

rash

/ræʃ//raSH/

Main definitions of rash in English

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rash2

noun

  • 1An area of reddening of a person's skin, sometimes with raised spots, appearing especially as a result of allergy or illness.

    • ‘In a few cases, major skin rashes appeared 12-24 hr following exposure.’
    • ‘You might get a little road rash on you arms.’
    • ‘During her inpatient stay, this woman developed a painful, unilateral erythematous rash in a butterfly distribution.’
    • ‘Her parents said she did not have the rash often associated with the infection.’
    • ‘Certain inflammatory diseases can affect your skin, causing rashes and lesions.’
    • ‘Many babies between the ages of 4 months and 15 months get diaper rash.’
    • ‘Nettle rash can also be treated by applying a drop or two of eucalyptus oil to the affected area.’
    • ‘The rash appears because part of the immune system is overly sensitive to irritation.’
    • ‘The thought of measles may bring to mind the red, blotchy rash that often accompanies this disorder.’
    • ‘Side effects are uncommon but may include an allergic rash, nausea or headache.’
    • ‘The only certain way of avoiding poison ivy rash is to avoid the plant.’
    • ‘Chickenpox is a viral infection that causes a red, itchy rash on the skin.’
    • ‘The women were asked to report any rashes occurring in themselves or their children.’
    • ‘Leave her in dirty nappies longer than necessary and she will probably develop a nappy rash.’
    • ‘Prickly heat is a very itchy red skin rash, causing a prickling or burning feeling.’
    • ‘You are infectious from about two days before the rash appears until roughly five days after.’
    • ‘Symptoms and signs of pneumonia develop a few days after the rash appears.’
    • ‘Similarly, oregano oil wipes out a fungus called Candida albicans, which causes diaper rash and other ailments.’
    • ‘Although there is no way to cure a poison ivy rash, you can ease the discomfort.’
    • ‘Your child with eczema may develop heat rash easily if the skin is overheated.’
    spots, skin eruption, breakout
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    1. 1.1 A series of things of the same type, especially when unpleasant or undesirable, occurring or appearing one after the other within a short space of time.
      ‘a rash of auto accidents’
      • ‘The condemnation follows recent controversy in the US where a rash of product recalls has provoked a safety panic over free gifts.’
      • ‘What's with this recent rash of injuries plaguing the Gang Green?’
      • ‘Someone mentioned that there has been a rash of suicides in British juvenile detention.’
      • ‘Last week, there was a rash of thefts from vehicles parked in SFU parking lots.’
      • ‘There has been a rash of construction accidents in Uganda in recent years.’
      • ‘The run-up to the 30th anniversary produced a rash of new revelations and bitter polemics.’
      • ‘In Nigeria, federal authorities are clamping down on a rash of crude oil thefts.’
      • ‘There appears to be little hope that the rash of screener thefts from checked luggage will abate anytime soon.’
      • ‘I would have thought it might be more embarrassing to have a rash of your mistakes put on display for everyone to see.’
      • ‘In particular, a rash of break-and-enters plagued home owners and businesses alike over the past month.’
      • ‘More important, there was no rash of accidental shootings by women in Orlando.’
      • ‘Just like they said when those very same refineries were shut down because of a rash of accidents, it was going to cost us.’
      • ‘Are you still convinced that guns are the cause of the recent rash of school shootings?’
      • ‘There has been a rash of sightings of elephants roosting in trees that has left authorities shaken and dazed.’
      • ‘Equity markets are reeling following a rash of corporate scandals.’
      • ‘The rash of strikes on the railways and elsewhere should quickly disabuse them of that delusion.’
      • ‘Expect the rash of injuries to continue this season, even without the Olympics.’
      • ‘The rash of school shootings in recent months has drawn national attention to this problem.’
      • ‘The scheme hasn't changed and the personnel wasn't much different until a recent rash of injuries.’
      • ‘Five people were killed and 86 injured in the rash of bombings on Dec. 12.’
      series, succession
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Origin

Early 18th century: probably related to Old French rasche ‘eruptive sores, scurf’; compare with Italian raschia ‘itch’.

Pronunciation

rash

/ræʃ//raSH/