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See also: Stampede
stampede (plural stampedes)
- A wild, headlong scamper, or running away, of a number of animals; usually caused by fright; hence, any sudden flight or dispersion, as of a crowd or an army in consequence of a panic.
- 1873, William Black, A Princess of Thule:
- She and her husband would join in the general stampede.
- (by extension) A situation in which many people in a crowd are trying to go in the same direction at the same time.
- Synonym: rush
- The annual Muslim Hajj in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, which is attended by millions of pilgrims, has increasingly suffered from stampedes.
- 2019 October, Chris Stokes, “Between the Lines”, in Modern Railways, page 97:
- I asked the conductor if he would ask Chester to hold the 16.35 to Euston - the last through train on a Saturday - but he said Virgin won't hold anything. We came to a stand at Chester at 16.35, and there was a sizeable stampede down the platform for the London train, but it had gone.
- (figurative) Any sudden unconcerted moving or acting together of a number of persons, as from some common impulse.
- a stampede toward US bonds in the credit markets
- 2023 March 22, Philip Oltermann, “Switzerland’s national pride dealt heavy blow by the merger of its banking titans”, in The Guardian, →ISSN:
- When the Credit Suisse’s top investor, Saudi National Bank, told reporters last Wednesday it would not give more money to the bank, investors and depositors started a stampede for the exit, withdrawing hundreds of millions of dollars.
- → German: Stampede
any sudden flight or dispersion
an intensive movement of a crowd
- (intransitive) To run away in a panic; said of cattle, horses, etc., also of armies.
- (transitive) To disperse by causing sudden fright, as a herd or drove of animals.
- (of people) To move rapidly in a mass.
- 2020 May 20, Stefanie Foster, “Comment: Safety first: now more than ever”, in Rail, page 3:
- But here in the UK, we tend to stampede from the concourse the moment the platform number is announced for the train we want to catch, crush round the doors, and then launch ourselves into the first available seat before our fellow passengers can take them all.
To disperse by causing sudden fright, as a herd
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