flush Definition

  • 1to clean something by causing water to pass through it
  • 2to become red in the face because you are hot or ill, or because you are feeling a strong emotion such as embarrassment
  • 3to be level with a surface so that no part is higher or lower

Using flush: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "flush" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She flushed the wound with water.

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    The toilet won't flush properly.

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    He flushed with embarrassment when he realized his mistake.

  • Example

    The sky flushed pink at sunset.

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    The door is flush with the wall.

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    The carpenter made sure the edges of the boards were flush.

flush Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with flush

  • to force someone or something out of hiding


    The police used dogs to flush out the burglars from the building.

  • to have a lot of money


    After winning the lottery, he was flush with cash.

  • flush with success

    to be experiencing a period of great success or prosperity


    The company was flush with success after the launch of their new product.

Origins of flush

from Old French 'flus', meaning 'a flowing'


Summary: flush in Brief

The verb 'flush' [flʌʃ] has multiple meanings. It can refer to cleaning something by passing water through it, becoming red in the face due to heat, illness, or strong emotions, or being level with a surface. Examples include 'She flushed the wound with water,' and 'The door is flush with the wall.' 'Flush' also appears in phrases like 'flush out,' meaning to force someone or something out of hiding, and 'flush with cash,' meaning to have a lot of money.

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