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rush hour

A particular period of the day, typically when people are traveling to or from work, when traffic on the road is particularly heavy or congested. Hyphenated if used as a modifier. I start and finish work late so I can avoid rush hour. It would normally take me about 15 minutes to drive there, but during rush hour, it can take 45 minutes or more. You'd better leave soon if you don't want to get caught in rush-hour traffic.
See also: hour, rush
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

rush hour

the period of time when heavy traffic is moving into or out of a city. This is the slowest rush hour I have ever been in. Traffic is almost in gridlock.
See also: hour, rush
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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