gold rush

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gold rush (plural gold rushes)

  1. (chiefly historical) Any period of feverish migration into an area in which gold has been discovered.
    Synonym: gold fever
    • 1906, Jack London, chapter 1, in White Fang, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company, part 4:
      Here Grey Beaver stopped. A whisper of the gold-rush had reached his ears, and he had come with several bales of furs, and another of gut-sewn mittens and moccasins. He would not have ventured so long a trip had he not expected generous profits.
  2. (figuratively) A feverish obsession with seeking profits, especially in new markets.
    • 2021 March 24, Kevin Roose, “Buy This Column on the Blockchain!”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      That’s because I’ve decided to enter the freewheeling world of nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, the newest frontier in the cryptocurrency gold rush.
  3. A cocktail made from bourbon, honey, and lemon juice.
    • 2021, Elva Ramirez, Zero Proof: 90 Non-Alcoholic Recipes for Mindful Drinking, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, →ISBN, page 94:
      The Gold Rush is one of my favorite cocktails, invented at Sasha Petraske's famed Milk & Honey bar and now served all over the world. Basically a cold toddy, it's a shaken drink with bourbon, fresh lemon, and honey.
  4. (informal, sports) The urge to win gold medals, as in the Olympic Games.

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