flushes, flushing, flushed
1) VERB If you flush, your face goes red because you are hot or ill, or because you are feeling a strong emotion such as embarrassment or anger.

Do you sweat a lot or flush a lot?...

[V colour] He turned away embarrassed, his face flushing red.

Derived words:
flushed ADJ-GRADED oft ADJ with n

Her face was flushed with anger.

Flush is also a noun.

There was a slight flush on his cheeks.

2) V-ERG When someone flushes a toilet after using it, they fill the toilet bowl with water in order to clean it, usually by pressing a handle or pulling a chain. You can also say that a toilet flushes.

[V n] She flushed the toilet and went back in the bedroom.

...the sound of the toilet flushing.

N-COUNT: usu sing
Flush is also a noun.

He heard the flush of a toilet.

3) VERB If you flush something down the toilet, you get rid of it by putting it into the toilet bowl and flushing the toilet.

[V n down n] He was found trying to flush banknotes down the toilet.

4) VERB If you flush a part of your body, you clean it or make it healthier by using a large amount of liquid to get rid of dirt or harmful substances.

[V n] Flush the eye with clean cold water for at least 15 minutes...

[V n] Water is ideal to flush the kidneys and the urinary tract.

Flush out means the same as flush.

Also V n P V P n (not pron) ...an `alternative' therapy that gently flushes out the colon to remove toxins.

5) VERB If you flush dirt or a harmful substance out of a place, you get rid of it by using a large amount of liquid.

[V n with out] That won't flush out all the sewage, but it should unclog some stinking drains.

6) VERB If you flush people or animals out of a place where they are hiding, you find or capture them by forcing them to come out of that place.

[V n out of n] They flushed them out of their hiding places...

[V n with out] The Guyana Defence Force is engaged in flushing out illegal Brazilian miners operating in the country.

7) ADJ: v-link ADJ, oft ADJ with n If one object or surface is flush with another, they are at the same height or distance from something else, so that they form a single smooth surface.

Make sure the tile is flush with the surrounding tiles.

8) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ, usu ADJ with n If you are flush with money, you have a lot of it, usually only for a short time. [INFORMAL]

At that time, many developing countries were flush with dollars earned from exports...

If we're feeling flush we'll probably give them champagne.

9) N-SING: N of n The flush of something is an intense feeling of excitement or pleasure that you have when you are experiencing it and for a short time afterwards.

...the first flush of young love.

...in the flush of victory in the spring of 1945.

10) N-SING: N of n A flush of something is a large quantity of it that comes suddenly or quickly.

...the flush of recent victories.

...a flush of memories.

Phrasal Verbs:

English dictionary. 2008.


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