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flush 1  (flsh)
v. flushed, flush·ing, flush·es
1. To turn red, as from fever, embarrassment, or strong emotion; blush.
2. To glow, especially with a reddish color: The sky flushed pink at dawn.
3. To flow suddenly and abundantly, as from containment; flood.
4. To be emptied or cleaned by a rapid flow of water, as a toilet.
1. To cause to redden or glow.
2. To excite or elate: The team was flushed with the success of victory.
a. To clean, rinse, or empty with a rapid flow of a liquid, especially water: flush a toilet; flush a wound with iodine.
b. To remove or eliminate by or as if by flushing: The weakness in demand and productivity will at least ... flush out some of the inflation premium that has been built into interest rates (Fortune).
a. A flooding flow or rush, as of water.
b. The act of cleaning or rinsing by or as if by flushing.
2. A blush or glow: here and there a flush of red on the lip of a little cloud (Willa Cather).
a. A reddening of the skin, as with fever, emotion, or exertion.
b. A brief sensation of heat over all or part of the body.
4. A rush of strong feeling: a flush of pride.
5. A state of freshness or vigor. See Synonyms at bloom1.
adj. flush·er, flush·est
1. Having a healthy reddish color; flushed.
2. Having an abundant supply of money; affluent. See Synonyms at rich.
3. Marked by abundance; plentiful: flush times resulting from the oil boom.
4. Swelling; overflowing: rivers flush with the spring rains.
a. Having surfaces in the same plane; even.
b. Arranged with adjacent sides, surfaces, or edges close together: a sofa flush against the wall. See Synonyms at level.
c. Printing Aligned evenly with a margin, as along the left or right edge of a typeset page; not indented.
6. Direct, straightforward, or solid: knocked out by a flush blow to the jaw.
7. Designed to be emptied or cleaned by flushing: a flush toilet.
1. So as to be even, in one plane, or aligned with a margin.
2. Squarely or solidly: The ball hit him flush on the face.

[Probably from flush, to dart out.]

flusher n.
flushness n.

flush 2  (flsh)
n. Games
A hand in which all the cards are of the same suit but not in numerical sequence, ranked above a straight and below a full house in poker.

[French flux, flus, from Old French flux, from Latin flxus, flux; see flux.]

flush 3  (flsh)
v. flushed, flush·ing, flush·es
1. To frighten (a game bird, for example) from cover.
2. To drive or force into the open: The police fired tear gas to flush out the terrorists.
To dart out or fly from cover.
A bird or flock of birds that has been frightened from cover.

[Middle English flusshen.]

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