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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FLUSH

There the flush and bloom of newness were oppressive to the right-minded.

The fingers that held the petal tingled, and a flush rose in her cheek.

The flush of his own heavy meal kept his pallor from showing.

You are all in a flush, now, and have lain down this sheet and said aloud: 'What an idea!

"It is something about which I have not thought at all," said Gracie, her pretty face all in a flush.

I didn't understand at first; then a flush deepened upon my face.

He caught her laughing eye, and smiled, the flush subsiding.

Surely the sunset had shed a flush of life upon her whiteness.

He saw the bright delight of her face, and the flush that kindled in it, with a feeling of shame.

And now the powder was flush with the flagstone which Guillaume has just moved aside.

WORD ORIGIN

"fly up suddenly," c.1300, perhaps imitative of the sound of beating wings, or related to flash via its variant flushe. Probably not connected to Old French flux, source of flush (n.).

Transitive meaning "to cause to fly, start" is first attested mid-15c. The sense of "spurt, rush out suddenly, flow with force" (1540s) is probably the same word, with the connecting notion being "sudden movement," but its senses seem more to fit the older ones of flash (now all transferred to this word except in flash flood). Meaning "cleanse a drain, etc., with a rush of water" is from 1789. The noun sense of "sudden redness in the face" (1620s) probably belongs here, too. The verb in this sense is from 1660s. "A very puzzling word" [Weekley]. Related: Flushed; flushing.

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