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Noun: gold rush  gówld rúsh
  1. A sudden happening that brings good fortune (as a sudden opportunity to make money)
    - boom, bonanza, gravy, godsend, manna from heaven, windfall, bunce [Brit]
     
  2. A large migration of people to a newly discovered gold field

Derived forms: gold rushes

Type of: happening, migration, natural event, occurrence, occurrent

Encyclopedia: Gold rush, 1851