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land +‎ rush


landrush (plural landrushes)

  1. A historical event in which previously restricted land of the United States was opened for homesteading on a first-come-first-served basis.
    • 1967, Roger G Kennedy, Minnesota Houses
      It never knew a boom and was relatively untouched by the great landrush of the 1850's.
    • 2000, Susan Hayward, Cinema Studies
      The landrush to all intents and purposes made the cowboy defunct.
  2. (figuratively) Any scramble for limited resources.
    • 2001, United States Congress, ICANN, New GTLDS, and the Protection of Intellectual Property
      In the event that an applicant obtains the domain name in question through the Landrush process described below, the service will be activated...