rush hour

Idiom Definition

"rush hour"

a period of approximately two hours before and after the usual workday when traffic on the roads is very busy and congested due to the great majority of people driving to and from work

Idiom Definition - rush hour


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - rush hour

Two friends are talking about their weekday commutes to work ...

Friend 1:  Don't you think that rush hour is getting worse and worse?

Friend 2:  It seems so.  If I go in to work on a Saturday, it takes me about 15 minutes to drive there.  On a weekday, the same drive is close to 45 minutes.

Friend 1:  What do you do when you are stuck in rush hour traffic?

Friend 2:  I talk on the phone and do my makeup.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - rush hour

Remaining calm, cool, and collected during rush hour traffic is ideal.

Rush hour can be home to many spontaneous and irrational actions, many of which are dangerous to the health and safety of all motorists.

Your end goal should always be the same, to arrive home in one piece.

This goal should not be deviated from, and you should not do anything to compromise this notion.

If it helps, have a picture on your dashboard that reminds you of a reason to arrive home safely (a picture of your spouse, children, pet, family and friends).

This can help you to maintain your composure during rush hour when tempers flare and anger boils.

rush hour - Usage:


The idiom "Rush hour" can be used in any situation.

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rush hour - Gerund Form:

Driving during rush hour can be a frustrating and stressful experience.

rush hour - Examples:

1)  During non-rush hour, the taxi ride will take about 15 minutes. During rush hour, the ride could take 30 minutes or more. 

2)  Despite abundant roadwork during rush hour, we make it in time for the show.

3)  I mean, put me in a car in rush hour, and I almost transform into an Orc.

4)  The relative size and timing of " rush hour " is well known in most communities.

5)  Anticipate the train getting more crowded as it approaches downtown, especially during rush hour.

6)  I sat through a typical rush hour (3-6 here) with an Englishman as a passenger.

7)  As usual we catch the rush hour traffic and it takes over 1 hour to get back where normally it would be 15 minutes.

8)  Avoid flying or driving during popular travel days and times, such as Friday rush hour.

9)  Always allow extra time, especially during rush hour, peak holiday travel times, and if you're taking a bus.

10)  He is very optimistic and plans on going in early or late to avoid rush hour and it'll be fine.

11)  The worst part is the rush hour crowds really.

12)  I was stopped, completely stopped, in rush hour traffic, and somebody hit us so hard that it spun us around.

13)  Driving in rush hour traffic is very stressful for me.

14)  Driving to work with everybody else during rush hour is a waste of time, gasoline, and your patience.

15)  Three p.m., when the kids come home from school, marks the beginning of rush hour, which runs through about bar-closing time.

16)  Much like Boston rush hour, traffic on the river can be treacherous.

17)  Five-thirty is about the middle of the Washington rush hour.

18)  Figure out your hourly pay next time you are stuck going through Chicago at rush hour instead of shutting down for a couple of hours and waiting it out.

19)  In hipster neighborhoods, the rush hour is late at night, after the clubs close.

20)  Many cars are on the freeway during rush hour.