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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BLUSH

The vivid beauty of her blush startled him, and she drew her hand quickly from his.

He turned hotly away, and wondered that there was no blush on the face of the woman.

I must begin, must not I, Mrs. O'Connor, by learning not to blush?

You have thought of a wish at this moment, I know, by your eyes, by your blush.

I hope I have convinced, I am sure I have made you blush, my dear, and that is some satisfaction.

Let us aim to be able to put them often to our consciences without a blush.

But still, as he reasoned, he saw ever before him that blush and that smile.

Blush, then, Delicacy, that cannot bear the poet's amor omnibus idem!

Love is a blush which mounts to the cheek, and then leaves it pale.

Nay, my dears, why blush at being detected in your everyday pursuits?

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., bluschen, blischen, probably from Old English blyscan "blush, become red, glow" (glossing Latin rutilare), akin to blyse "torch," from Proto-Germanic *blisk- "to shine, burn," which also yielded words in Low German (e.g. Dutch blozen "to blush") and Scandinavian (e.g. Danish blusse "to blaze; to blush"); ultimately from PIE *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)).

For vowel evolution, see bury. Earliest recorded senses were "to shine brightly; to look, stare." Sense of "turn red in the face" (with shame, modesty, etc.) is from c.1400. Related: Blushed; blushing.

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