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be in the (full) flush of (something)
To be wholly or deeply engaged in some state, situation, or experience. I know I'm smiling like a dope—I'm just in the full flush of glee after buying my very own home! I did plenty of reckless things when I was in the flush of youth, but I'm older and wiser now.
be in the first flush of (something)
To be in the beginning or early stages of something. Of course they're happy now—they're still in the first flush of marriage!
1. Literally, a hand in poker consisting of four cards of the same suit and one that is different, i.e., one card short of a flush. I thought I'd finally win the hand, but when I drew the ace of spades, I was left with a busted flush.
2. A person, organization, or thing that at one time held great potential or influence but that ultimately ended up a failure. Jack left secondary school with great grades and a bright future, but he became addicted to drugs and turned out a busted flush. The company promised big returns to investors but turned out to be a busted flush.
flush (someone or something) out of (some thing or place)
1. To use liquids to expel something from something else. I was able to flush that debris out of my eyes, thank goodness.
2. To force someone or something out of hiding. That loud crash flushed a stray cat out of our shed. Police have the suspect surrounded and are hoping to flush him out of the building with tear gas.
To use water in a forceful manner to remove something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "flush" and "away." I'll get the hose and flush away some of this dirt.
1. To use liquids to expel something from something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "flush" and "out." If you get debris in your eyes, be sure to flush them out with water immediately.
2. To force someone or something out of hiding. A noun or pronoun can be used between "flush" and "out." That loud crash flushed out a stray cat from under our porch. Police have the suspect surrounded and are hoping to flush him out with tear gas.
3. To cause some substance to be expelled from one's body. A noun or pronoun can be used between "flush" and "out." The diet promises to flush toxins out of your body, whatever that means. Be sure to drink plenty of water. It will help flush out the poison in your system.
flush out the bird
To force a bird out of hiding, as when hunting. You know, you could use a hunting dog to help you flush out the bird.
flush the birds out of the bushes
To cause birds to come out of hiding, as when hunting. You know, you could use a hunting dog to help you flush the birds out of the bushes. The sudden sound of the car engine flushed the birds out of the bushes all around them.
flush with (something)
1. verb To use a liquid to cleanse something. You'll need to flush your eyes with this special solution to clear out the debris.
2. adjective Fitting snugly or evenly next to something else. The drywall isn't flush with the jamb, that's why you're having trouble opening the door all the way.
flush with cash
Abundantly wealthy; having no shortage of money. I hear Tom's new girlfriend is flush with cash, so they're always off traveling to exotic locations. Their company is flush with cash, so they'll have no problem paying for the work.
flushed down the tubes
Having lost or failed. The final score was 17–1, so yeah, we got flushed down the tubes.
flushed with (something)
Exhibiting facial redness due to feeling a particular emotion (stated after "with"). The teacher called on me when I wasn't paying attention, and I immediately flushed with embarrassment
If it's yellow, let it mellow. (If it's brown, flush it down.)
If there is only urine in the toilet, do not flush it. (But if there is feces in it, then do flush.) A common mnemonic used as a way to reduce water usage in places with indoor plumbing. We have a pretty restricted water supply out here, so always remember—if it's yellow, let it mellow. If it's brown, flush it down. Due to the drought, households and businesses around the state are being encouraged to adopt an "if it's yellow, let it mellow" policy.
in the (flush) of (something)
Wholly or deeply engaged in some state, situation, or experience. I know I'm smiling like a dope—I'm just in the full flush of glee after buying my very own home! I did plenty of reckless things when I was in the flush of youth, but I'm older and wiser now.
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in the first flush of (something)
In the earliest of beginning stages, especially when energy, effort, or enthusiasm are at their peak. Of course they're happy now—they're still in the first flush of marriage! Let's see how they're doing 10 years down the line. The novel consists of parallel storylines: one follows the protagonist in the first flush of adulthood, while the other examines how his views have changed after a lifetime of experience and hardship.
the first flush of (something)
The beginning or early stages of something. Of course they're happy now—they're still in the first flush of marriage!
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flush someone or something out of some placeand flush someone or something out
to cause someone or something to leave a hiding place. (Originally from hunting.) The police flushed the gunman out from his hiding place. They flushed out the crooks.
flush something away
to wash something unwanted away. Flush all this mess away! Fred flushed away all the leaves on the sidewalk.
flush something out
to clean something out with a flow of liquid. Flush the fuel line out to clean it. Please flush out the fuel line and clean it.
flush with something
1. Lit. even with something; sharing a surface with something. The edge of the sink is flush with the counter. The wood flooring is flush with the carpet so people won't trip.
2. Fig. [of a face] red with anger, embarrassment, rage, etc. He faced the woman he had dreamed about all his life. His face flushed with recognition and his heart pounded. Ellen's face flushed with embarrassment.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
in the flush of
Also, in the first or full flush of . During a sudden rush of a strong positive feeling regarding something, as in In the first flush of victory he decided to take all his friends to dinner. This expression employs flush in the sense of "a bout of emotion or passion." [c. 1600]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
a busted flushsomeone or something that has not fulfilled expectations; a failure. US informal
In the game of poker, a busted flush is a sequence of cards of one suit that you fail to complete.
in the first flushin a state of freshness and vigour.
The exact origins of flush as a noun are unknown; early senses share the idea of a sudden rush or abundance of something (e.g. water, growth of grass, or emotion).
1997 Tom Petsinis The French Mathematician A month ago, in the first flush of enthusiasm…I tackled the classic problem of trisecting an angle using only a compass and straightedge.
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(in) the first flush of ˈyouth, enˈthusiasm, etc.when somebody is young or something is new: By then, he was no longer in the first flush of youth. ♢ In the first flush of enthusiasm, we were able to get everyone interested in helping.
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1. To empty or clean something by a flow of water or liquid: After coming in contact with the caustic substance, she flushed out her eye, which was red and puffy. The school nurse flushed the child's eyes out after he got fingerpaint in them.
2. To cause something to leave or be removed from something with a flow of water or liquid: She ran to the sink to flush out the dirt from her cut. My tears flushed the sand out of my eye.
3. To frighten someone or something from a concealed place: The golden retriever jumped into the reeds and flushed out the ducks. The passing car flushed the birds out of the thicket.
4. To drive or force someone into the open: The sniper is hiding in one of the buildings to the south and won't be easy to flush out. The army pledged to flush all insurgents out of the village.
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mod. wealthy; with plenty of money. Today I am flush. By tomorrow, I’ll be broke.
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flushed down the tubes
Defeated. A 1950s college expression drawn from waste removal. After an exam that was more difficult than anticipated, a student might groan, “Man, did I get flushed down the tubes!”
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price