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flush1 / fləsh/ • v. 1. [intr.] (of a person's skin or face) become red and hot, typically as the result of illness or strong emotion: Mr. Cunningham flushed angrily | [as adj.] (flushed) her flushed cheeks. ∎  [tr.] cause (a person's skin or face) to become red and hot: the chill air flushed the parson's cheeks. ∎  glow or cause to glow with warm color or light: [intr.] the ash in the center of the fire flushed up | [tr.] the sky was flushed with the gold of dawn. ∎  (be flushed with) fig. be excited or elated by: flushed with success, I was getting into my stride. 2. [tr.] cleanse (something, esp. a toilet) by causing large quantities of water to pass through it: flush the toilet the nurse flushed out the catheter. ∎  [intr.] (of a toilet) be cleansed in such a way: Cally heard the toilet flush. ∎  [tr.] remove or dispose of (an object or substance) in such a way: I flushed the pills down the toilet the kidneys require more water to flush out waste products. ∎  [tr.] cause (a liquid) to flow through something: 0.3 ml of saline is gently flushed through the tube. 3. [tr.] drive (a bird, esp. a game bird, or an animal) from its cover: the grouse were flushed from the woods. ∎ fig. cause to be revealed; force into the open: they're trying to flush Tilton out of hiding. 4. [intr.] (of a plant) send out fresh shoots: the plant had started to flush by late March. • n. 1. a reddening of the face or skin that is typically caused by illness or strong emotion: a flush of embarrassment rose to her cheeks. ∎  an area of warm color or light: the bird has a pinkish flush on the breast. 2. [in sing.] a sudden rush of intense emotion: I was carried away in a flush of enthusiasm. ∎  a sudden abundance or spate of something: the frogs feast on the great flush of insects. ∎ fig. a period when something is new or particularly fresh and vigorous: he is no longer in the first flush of youth. ∎  a fresh growth of leaves, flowers, or fruit. 3. an act of cleansing something, esp. a toilet, with a sudden flow of water: an old-fashioned toilet uses six or seven gallons per flush leave the hose running to give the system a good flush out. ∎  the device used for producing such a flow of water in a toilet: he pressed the flush absentmindedly. ∎  [as adj.] denoting a type of toilet that has such a device: a flush toilet. ∎  a sudden flow: the melting snow provides a flush of water. 4. the action of driving a game bird from its cover: the dogs retrieve the birds after the flush. DERIVATIVES: flush·er n. flush2 • adj. 1. completely level or even with another surface: the gates are flush with the adjoining fencing. ∎  (of printed text) not indented or protruding: each line is flush with the left-hand margin. ∎  (of a door) having a smooth surface, without indented or protruding panels or moldings. 2. inf. having plenty of something, esp. money: the banks are flush with funds. ∎  (of money) plentiful: the years when cash was flush. • adv. so as to be level or even: the screw must fit flush with the surface. ∎  so as to be directly centered; squarely: Jumbo reached up and hit Bruno flush on the jaw. • v. [tr.] fill in (a joint) level with a surface. DERIVATIVES: flush·ness n. flush3 • n. (in poker) a hand of cards all of the same suit. flush4 • n. Ecol. a piece of wet ground over which water flows without being confined to a definite channel.

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1. Even with or in the same plane as something else, such as a panel with its surface on the same plane with its surrounding frame, or flush pointing on the same plane as the face of the brickwork.

2. Stones or bricks bedded closely in mortar with very small joints.

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Flush

a flock of startled birds; a hand of cards of the same suit; a sudden growth of emotion.

Examples: flush of cards of the same suit; of emotion; of malard [rising from the water]; of plumbersLipton, 1970; of Wing Commanders.

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flush3
A. (of liquids) rush out suddenly or copiously XVI;

B. emit light or glow suddenly; produce or show heightened colour XVII. orig. identical with FLUSH1.

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flush2 hand containing cards all of one suit. XVI. — F. †flus, flux — L. fluxus FLUX.

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flush4 abundantly full, plentifully supplied XVII; even, level with XVIII. prob. f. prec.

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flush1 fly up suddenly. XIII. first in pt. forms fliste, fluste; of imit. orig.

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flushablush, blush, brush, crush, flush, gush, hush, hush-hush, lush, mush, plush, rush, shush, slush, thrush, tush •airbrush, hairbrush •sagebrush • paintbrush • onrush •song thrush • outrush • toothbrush •woodrush • bulrush • uprush

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