Rush-bearing

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Rush-bearing A kind of rural festival at the dedication of a church, when the parishioners brought rushes to strew the church.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rush-bearing a country feast, when the parish church was strewn with rushes, between haymaking and harvest: the day of the festival
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. risce, like Ger. risch, from L. ruscum, rustum.

Usage

In literature:

The bear made a rush at the bushes on one side, and instantly received a shot from the other.
"The Wild Man of the West" by R.M. Ballantyne
Take out the cheese when it will bear it, and ripen it upon rushes: it must be more than nine inches deep.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
Cain rushed forward followed by Hawkhurst, bearing down all who opposed them.
"The Pirate and The Three Cutters" by Frederick Marryat
There was a great rush for grandfather's house, and when the men heard about the bear they said.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
Within a moment the black hound, over-bold, imprudently rushed the bear in front.
"The Mountain Divide" by Frank H. Spearman
How the rushing waves Bear all before them!
"Poetical Works of William Cullen Bryant" by William Cullen Bryant
The old bear, at the sound of his cry as he fell, had rushed so hastily to his aid that she barely escaped falling in after him.
"The House in the Water" by Charles G. D. Roberts
As I was dressing this morning, just before breakfast, the mate rushed down to tell me a bear was in sight.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
Hundreds of others were rushing over the plain in the same manner, bearing orders.
"The Conscript" by Émile Erckmann
The bear rushed to get it, but the martin darted after it and threw it to the bat.
"Two Indian Children of Long Ago" by Frances Taylor
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In poetry:

The river wind
Bears a chill;
With the rushing
Waves, does
Autumn also arise?
"The river wind" by Ki no Tsurayuki
Seeking King Olaf then,
He rushes aft with his men,
As a hunter into the den
Of the bear, when he stands at bay.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XXI. -- King Olaf's Deat" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
But battling still with every wave that strives
To bear them back with rushing surge and sweep,
They gain the shore at last with human lives
Wrenched from the white teeth of the tigerish deep.
"The Life-Boat" by Alexander Anderson
Their musical note o'er the surface convey'd,
Is the murmuring breath of a soft sighing maid.
But the anger of heaven when marshall'd to bear,
With thunder they rush thro' the awe-stricken air.
"The Ocean's God" by William Crafts
"Where were the stallions, all courage and fire,
To beget the clean limbs and the hearts that ne'er tire?
Where were they, the mares that should bear the brave sons
For rush o' the squadrons and roar o' the guns?"
"The Quest (Horses For The Army)" by Cicely Fox Smith
Up the steep bank he bears her, and now they rush again
Toward the heights of Bregenz, that tower above the plain.
They reach the gate of Bregenz just as the midnight rings,
And out come serf and soldier to meet the news she brings.
"A Legend of Bregenz" by Adelaide Anne Procter

In news:

LAWRENCEVILLE — Mountain View struggled in the first half, but Marvin Elam 's big rushing night Friday was enough to help power the Bears past Meadowcreek 48-7.
The Golden Bears rushed for 301 yards, with Tredarian Gamble leading the team with 157.
Cheslock wears down Golden Bears with 137 rushing yards.
0 Adrian Peterson rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns against the Bears.
Protect Romo against Bears' ferocious pass rush.
Bears running back Matt Forte rushes past Detroit Lions defensive back Alphonso Smith (27) in the second quarter Monday.
In eight career games versus the NFC North foe, the Chicago Bears running back has rushed for 678 yards on 135 carries, averaging 5 yards per carry.
Bears potent rushing with or without Forte .
Loss of rookie fullback could hamper Bears' rushing attack.
It wasn't the quantity of rushing yards that defined Michael Bush's value to the Chicago Bears on Sunday, but the quality of two goal-line carries.
The California grizzly bear had been around for more than a million years by the time of the Gold Rush.
Melton key to Bears pass rush.
NEW TOWN An honor walk for Keaton Gary Ray Rush, of New Town, will be held Sunday, starting at 8 am, at the east side of the Four Bears Bridge, west of New Town.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) rushes past Chicago Bears defensive end Corey Wootton (98) in the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Dec 2, 2012.
Bears' Rush Men anchor the defense.
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