From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishflushflush1 /flʌʃ/ ●○○ verb 1 become red [intransitive]EMBARRASSED to become red in the face, for example when you are angry or embarrassed SYN blush Susan flushed deeply and looked away. He flushed angrily.flush red/crimson/scarlet Robyn felt her cheeks flush scarlet.flush with Mrs Cooper flushed with indignation.2 toilet [intransitive, transitive]DHT if you flush a toilet, or if it flushes, you make water go through it to clean it Why do children never remember to flush the loo? She flushed the rest of her drink down the toilet.3 clean something [transitive]DHC to force water through a pipe in order to clean itflush something through something They flush clean water through the pipes once a day. → flush somebody/something ↔ out→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusflush• Through the end of July, the high-tech toilets have flushed 359,431 times.• You can practically hear the toilets flushing.• I can't get the toilet to flush.• To get rid of it you usually need to remove the radiator so you can flush it out.• Drinking water after exercise flushes out the wastes released from the muscles.• Drink at least eight glasses of water a day to flush out your system.• People who neglect to flush public toilets may be fined.• Deep watering flushes salts from the soil around the plant's roots.• Flushing slightly, Lesley looked away.• Each washing machine cycle, for example, takes a staggering 90 litres, while flushing the toilet uses another nine.• If the system started to drift away from the requirements of a coral reef, Gomez would flush the trays.• Afraid the water-table will go down if we flush them all at once?flush with• Make sure that the cupboard is flush with the wall.flushflush2 noun 1 redness on face [singular]CC a red colour that appears on your face when you are angry or embarrassed SYN blush His words brought a warm flush to her face. → hot flush2 → a flush of anger/embarrassment/excitement etc3 toilet [countable] a) the part of a toilet that cleans it with a sudden flow of water The flush isn’t working properly. b) the act of cleaning a toilet by forcing water through it4 DGCcards [countable] a set of cards that someone has in a card game that are all of the same suit5 → the first flush of youth/manhood6 → a flush of something
Examples from the Corpusflush• Britain now, on the international stage, is a busted flush.• And what young man is beyond such indulgences in the early flush of being the recipient of a woman such as Marie-Claude?• Pick off just the first flush of flowers from the ever-bearing kinds.• I see the rictus and an entirely gratuitous glowing flush on her throat.• The hectic flush on Isabel's face gradually faded as she watched fitzAlan leave.• The total number of flushes to date is 202,063, with one in five a freebie.• The average toilet uses 5 gallons of water per flush.• It doesn't contain water, but makes an authentic-sounding flush.• The flush of the olive cheek.flushflush3 adjective 1 FLATif two surfaces are flush, they are at exactly the same level, so that the place where they meet is flatflush with Make sure that the cupboard is flush with the wall.2 [not before noun] informalRICH if someone is flush, they have plenty of money to spend I’m feeling flush at the moment.
Examples from the Corpusflush• Alan gives his wife fifty dollars a week, or a little more if he's flush• Jamie has $600 saved; Adam isn't quite so flush.• If either of these apply, then it probably makes sense to buy a replacement while you are still feeling relatively flush.• Only a few months ago university freshers started student life feeling quite flush.• Larry felt flush and well fed, a little tipsy, all the right things.• A flush door will have a block of wood inserted at a convenient point so there's something solid to cut into.• New openings Transform plain flush doors into elegant features without hanging new ones.• I'll buy the drinks, I'm feeling flush just now.• She was carvel-built with flush planks, and - as a piècederésistance - she sported a woman's bust as a figurehead.• Thus, in the bowels of the flush toilet we see the archetype for all autonomous mechanical creatures.From Longman Business Dictionaryflushflush /flʌʃ/ adjective1be flush (with cash/funds) informal to have a lot of money at a particular timeSingapore’s savings rate is so high that the banks are flush with funds.The group is flush and has been making more acquisitions.2be flushed with/by success to be very successful, and keen to achieve more successFlushed by success in selling homes in the slump, developers now plan to do the same in the commercial property sector.3a busted flush informal a complete failureYou can get a dealer who is a busted flush at 30.Origin flush1 (1200-1300) Probably from Latin fluxus; → FLUX flush3 (1500-1600) Probably from → FLUSH1