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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
bush
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
bush league
▪ bush league reporting
rose bushes
rose bushes
tangle of bushes/branches/vegetation etc
▪ She followed him, pushing through the dense tangle of bushes and branches.
the Blair/Bush etc era (=the time when a particular political leaders was in power, used especially in journalism)
▪ The end of the Bush era was defined, at least in part, by the war in Iraq.
the Bush/Blair etc years (=when Bush, Blair etc was leader)
▪ The rich did very nicely during the Thatcher years.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
burning
▪ Then there was no sound but the crackle of burning bushes.
▪ The Western sheep and cattle rangers cut down the big trees and put a stop to the burning of bush.
▪ Her hair was loose and hung on her shoulders, a burning bush.
▪ Millie's hair was close to the light over the table; it looked like a burning bush.
lilac
▪ The house was called Lilac Villa, a name no one used, though the front garden contained several ancient gnarled lilac bushes.
▪ A cement foundation of a farmhouse was still standing, and a few moldy lilac bushes shielded the barracks from view.
▪ From the rooftop terrace the Mellors gazed across lilac and bougainvillea bushes to the sea.
▪ This man had stripped her lilac bush!
rose
▪ Another witness, Alexander McEwen saw the driver lying with his arms twisted around a rose bush.
▪ I thought the rose bushes were beautiful, too.
▪ She did not want a small army camping indefinitely among her flowerbeds and rose bushes.
▪ I only had $ 6, so I bought a rose bush.
▪ I made a picture from the same flowers to show what the rose bushes would yield the following summer.
▪ Essentially, there is no difference between you and the rose bush in your front garden.
▪ Then, a little higher, it surprised them, suddenly unveiling green pasture and rose bushes with delicate pink blossom.
small
▪ At first sight the five all appear to live on the same species of grass, herbs, and small bushes.
▪ At the bottom of the plant a few small leaves develop, often forming a small bush.
■ NOUN
gorse
▪ I reached the hilltop and followed the track between gorse bushes ablaze with flowers.
▪ He lay on his stomach on a small mound and parted a dead gorse bush.
holly
▪ The last one flipped Agnes into a holly bush.
▪ Next step you would think is to go to the garden centre and look for holly bushes with boy and girl names?
▪ The holly bush went to give the cameras a clearer view.
▪ Even in winter there were blood red berries on the holly bushes.
pilot
▪ Harry Kane was about the best of the bush pilots.
▪ Thora Birch and Vincent Kartheiser brave the wilderness after the plane of their bush pilot goes down.
thorn
▪ It galloped towards the boy in silence, swinging a thorn bush from its arm.
▪ He ended up in a thorn bush where he finally managed to break free from his billowing parachute.
▪ A democratic committee of journalists? - a thorn bush for the editor to hide in.
▪ Almost as bad as the thorn bush, Lollo said.
▪ Together they made their way to the patch of thorn bushes which was Sabina's preferred place for drying.
▪ Down below, fires are being lit and the cattle are being driven gently into the enclosures of thorn bushes.
▪ Because if there's a thorn bush around, the ball will land in it.
▪ There is the camel rider of Blunt in the glaring light and the thorn bushes clutching at him with their crooked hands.
walk
▪ Isn't that why you came here - to experience a bush walk?
▪ Didn't you go for a lovely bush walk to measure timber for the bridge?
▪ They bubbled with enthusiasm, all talking at the same time while raving on about the beauty of the bush walk.
■ VERB
beat
▪ Don't beat about the bush.
▪ A whole army of Girl Scouts out beating the bush.
▪ Eliot did not beat about the bush.
▪ Neither will beat the bushes for new ways to earn or save money.
▪ She winced at their infelicities, at the clumsy way they beat about the bush.
▪ It was Moua who organized housing for Hmong newcomers, Moua who beat the bushes for jobs.
▪ I am not a person to beat about the bush.
▪ Let us stop beating about the bush.
grow
▪ They grow into large bushes, then die as the tree canopy closes.
▪ You think that kind of money grows on bushes?
▪ It always breeds in a larval condition, its external gills growing into great branching bushes on either side of its neck.
▪ These berries, plump and sweet, grew on the bushes near the very top of the mountain.
hide
▪ He fled into the park, because he couldn't look at Emma, and hid behind a bush.
▪ They hid their bags in bushes and jogged into Mount Kisco.
▪ Mrs Browning was bothered, she said, by a man who at night hid in the bushes by her gate.
▪ Investigators said the bomb was hidden in the bushes in front of the two-story building.
▪ For weeks after the robbery my father would hide in the bushes.
▪ Some oldmen hid in the bushes and tackled the newmen as a prank.
▪ She hid in bushes while the fiend ran to the central reservation before losing sight of her and driving off.
▪ You can see if anyone's coming and hide in the bushes.
rise
▪ Inside, the complex is immaculate, with neatly trimmed shrubs and rose bushes lining each building.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a bird in the hand (is worth two in the bush)
beat about/around the bush
▪ Don't beat about the bush.
▪ Eliot did not beat about the bush.
▪ I am not a person to beat about the bush.
▪ I meant to be open with him but when it came to it I beat about the bush.
▪ Let us stop beating about the bush.
▪ No need to beat about the bush sweetie.
▪ She winced at their infelicities, at the clumsy way they beat about the bush.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ a holly bush
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Gunships made their chattering runs beside us, and door gunners killed bushes.
▪ I thought it was a damn silly place to park if some one wanted to take a leak in the bushes.
▪ Some oldmen hid in the bushes and tackled the newmen as a prank.
▪ The forsythia bushes at the back of the santuario yielded a delicate, sweet scent in the dewy air.
▪ They lay under a bush near the friendly deer.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Bush

Bush \Bush\ (b[.u]sh), n. [OE. bosch, busch, buysch, bosk, busk; akin to D. bosch, OHG. busc, G. busch, Icel. b[=u]skr, b[=u]ski, Dan. busk, Sw. buske, and also to LL. boscus, buscus, Pr. bosc, It. bosco, Sp. & Pg. bosque, F. bois, OF. bos. Whether the LL. or G. form is the original is uncertain; if the LL., it is perh. from the same source as E. box a case. Cf. Ambush, Boscage, Bouquet, Box a case.]

  1. A thicket, or place abounding in trees or shrubs; a wild forest.

    Note: This was the original sense of the word, as in the Dutch bosch, a wood, and was so used by Chaucer. In this sense it is extensively used in the British colonies, especially at the Cape of Good Hope, and also in Australia and Canada; as, to live or settle in the bush.

  2. A shrub; esp., a shrub with branches rising from or near the root; a thick shrub or a cluster of shrubs.

    To bind a bush of thorns among sweet-smelling flowers.
    --Gascoigne.

  3. A shrub cut off, or a shrublike branch of a tree; as, bushes to support pea vines.

  4. A shrub or branch, properly, a branch of ivy (as sacred to Bacchus), hung out at vintners' doors, or as a tavern sign; hence, a tavern sign, and symbolically, the tavern itself.

    If it be true that good wine needs no bush, 't is true that a good play needs no epilogue.
    --Shak.

  5. (Hunting) The tail, or brush, of a fox.

    To beat about the bush, to approach anything in a round-about manner, instead of coming directly to it; -- a metaphor taken from hunting.

    Bush bean (Bot.), a variety of bean which is low and requires no support ( Phaseolus vulgaris, variety nanus). See Bean, 1.

    Bush buck, or Bush goat (Zo["o]l.), a beautiful South African antelope ( Tragelaphus sylvaticus); -- so called because found mainly in wooden localities. The name is also applied to other species.

    Bush cat (Zo["o]l.), the serval. See Serval.

    Bush chat (Zo["o]l.), a bird of the genus Pratincola, of the Thrush family.

    Bush dog. (Zo["o]l.) See Potto.

    Bush hammer. See Bushhammer in the Vocabulary.

    Bush harrow (Agric.) See under Harrow.

    Bush hog (Zo["o]l.), a South African wild hog ( Potamoch[oe]rus Africanus); -- called also bush pig, and water hog.

    Bush master (Zo["o]l.), a venomous snake ( Lachesis mutus) of Guinea; -- called also surucucu.

    Bush pea (Bot.), a variety of pea that needs to be bushed.

    Bush shrike (Zo["o]l.), a bird of the genus Thamnophilus, and allied genera; -- called also batarg. Many species inhabit tropical America.

    Bush tit (Zo["o]l.), a small bird of the genus Psaltriparus, allied to the titmouse. Psaltriparus minimus inhabits California.

Bush

Bush \Bush\, n. [D. bus a box, akin to E. box; or F. boucher to plug.]

  1. (Mech.) A lining for a hole to make it smaller; a thimble or ring of metal or wood inserted in a plate or other part of machinery to receive the wear of a pivot or arbor.
    --Knight.

    Note: In the larger machines, such a piece is called a box, particularly in the United States.

  2. (Gun.) A piece of copper, screwed into a gun, through which the venthole is bored.
    --Farrow.

Bush

Bush \Bush\, v. t. To furnish with a bush, or lining; as, to bush a pivot hole.

Bush

Bush \Bush\ (b[.u]sh), v. i. To branch thickly in the manner of a bush. ``The bushing alders.''
--Pope.

Bush

Bush \Bush\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bushed (b[.u]sht); p. pr. & vb. n. Bushing.]

  1. To set bushes for; to support with bushes; as, to bush peas.

  2. To use a bush harrow on (land), for covering seeds sown; to harrow with a bush; as, to bush a piece of land; to bush seeds into the ground.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
bush

"many-stemmed woody plant," Old English bysc, from West Germanic *busk "bush, thicket" (cognates: Old Saxon and Old High German busc, Dutch bosch, bos, German Busch). Influenced by or combined with cognate words from Scandinavian (such as Old Norse buskr, Danish busk, but this might be from West Germanic) and Old French (busche "firewood," apparently of Frankish origin), and also perhaps Anglo-Latin bosca "firewood," from Medieval Latin busca (whence Italian bosco, Spanish bosque, French bois), which apparently also was borrowed from West Germanic; compare Boise.\n

\nIn British American colonies, applied from 1650s to the uncleared districts, hence "country," as opposed to town (1780); probably originally from Dutch bosch in the same sense, because it seems to appear first in English in former Dutch colonies. Meaning "pubic hair" (especially of a woman) is from 1745. To beat the bushes (mid-15c.) is a way to rouse birds so that they fly into the net which others are holding, which originally was the same thing as beating around the bush (see beat (v.)).

Wiktionary
bush

Etymology 1 n. (context horticulture English) A woody plant distinguished from a tree by its multiple stems and lower height, being usually less than six metres tall; ''a horticultural rather than strictly botanical category''. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To branch thickly in the manner of a bush. 2 To set bushes for; to support with bushes. 3 To use a bush harrow on (land), for covering seeds sown; to harrow with a bush. Etymology 2

n. (context archaic English) A tavern or wine merchant. Etymology 3

  1. The noun "bush", used attributively. adv. (context Australia English) Towards the direction of the outback. n. 1 (context often with "the" English) Rural areas, typically remote, wooded, undeveloped and uncultivated. 2 # (context Australia English) The countryside area of Australia that is less arid and less remote than the outback; ''loosely'', areas of natural flora even within conurbations. 3 # (context New Zealand English) An area of New Zealand covered in forest, ''especially'' native forest. 4 # (context Canadian English) The wild forested areas of Canada; upcountry. 5 (context Canadian English) A woodlot or bluff#English-small_wood on a farm. Etymology 4

    a. (context colloquial English) Not skilled; not professional; not major league. n. (context baseball English) Amateurish behavior, short for "bush league behavior" Etymology 5

    n. 1 A thick washer or hollow cylinder of metal (also bushing). 2 A mechanical attachment, usually a metallic socket with a screw thread, such as the mechanism by which a camera is attached to a tripod stand. 3 A piece of copper, screwed into a gun, through which the venthole is bored. v

  2. (context transitive English) To furnish with a bush or lining.

WordNet
bush

adj. not of the highest quality or sophistication [syn: bush-league]

bush

v. provide with a bushing

bush
  1. n. a low woody perennial plant usually having several major branches [syn: shrub]

  2. a large wilderness area

  3. dense vegetation consisting of stunted trees or bushes [syn: scrub, chaparral]

  4. 43rd President of the United States; son of George Herbert Walker Bush (born in 1946) [syn: George Bush, George W. Bush, George Walker Bush, President Bush, President George W. Bush, Dubyuh, Dubya]

  5. United States electrical engineer who designed an early analogue computer and who led the scientific program of the United States during World War II (1890-1974) [syn: Vannevar Bush]

  6. Vice President under Reagan and 41st President of the United States (born in 1924) [syn: George Bush, George H.W. Bush, George Herbert Walker Bush, President Bush]

  7. hair growing in the pubic area [syn: pubic hair, crotch hair]

Gazetteer
Bush, IL -- U.S. village in Illinois
Population (2000): 257
Housing Units (2000): 116
Land area (2000): 0.460591 sq. miles (1.192925 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.005600 sq. miles (0.014505 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.466191 sq. miles (1.207430 sq. km)
FIPS code: 10084
Located within: Illinois (IL), FIPS 17
Location: 37.841286 N, 89.132199 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Headwords:
Bush, IL
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Wikipedia
Bush

Bush may refer to:

  • Bush (plant), a type of woody plant, smaller than normal trees
Bush (British band)

Bush are a British rock band formed in London, England in 1992. The band found their immediate success with the release of their debut album Sixteen Stone in 1994, which is certified 6× multi-platinum by the RIAA. Bush went on to become one of the most commercially successful rock bands of the 1990s, selling over 10 million records in the United States.

Despite their success in the United States, the band was less well known in their home country and enjoyed only marginal success there. Bush has had numerous top ten singles on the Billboard rock charts, and one No. 1 album for Razorblade Suitcase in 1996. The band separated in 2002 but reformed in 2010 and began work on a new album, The Sea of Memories, which was released in September 2011. The album produced the single "The Sound of Winter", which topped both the alternative and rock charts. After touring extensively for two years, the band announced their sixth album, Man on the Run in August 2014.

Bush (Canadian band)

Bush was a Canadian rock band in the early 1970s, which evolved from the respected club act Mandala.

Mandala had a minor Canadian hit with the song "Love-Itis". Bush consisted of ex-Mandala bandmates Domenic Troiano, Roy Kenner, Hugh Sullivan and Pentti Glan, plus Prakash John. The group released a single eponymous album in 1970. The band recorded on the RCA label in Canada and Dunhill in the US, and toured with label mates Steppenwolf and Three Dog Night. Three Dog Night released one of their songs, "I Can Hear You Calling" as the B-side of their successful single " Joy to the World". The song, co-written by Troiano, Kenner, Glan and Sullivan, also appeared on Three Dog Night's Naturally album. Bush was short-lived as a band, but had some influence among musicians for their jazz-influenced rock.

Bush (brand)

Bush is a British consumer electronics brand owned by Home Retail Group, and is one of the most famous names on early British radios. Its sister brand is Alba. Today, all Bush and Alba products are sold exclusively at Argos and Homebase.

Bush (1916 automobile)

The Bush was a mail-order car made by the Bush Motor Company of Chicago from 1916 to 1924. Bush Motors did no manufacturing but bought in cars from other makers. Lycoming and Continental motors were often used for the 4- and 6-cylinder versions of the car. Amongst others, cars were made by Huffman and Piedmont, as well as the Norwalk Motor Car Company, Martinsburg, West Virginia ( operating from 1912-1922 )

Category:Defunct motor vehicle manufacturers of the United States Category:History of Chicago, Illinois

Bush (surname)

The surname Bush is an English surname, derived from either the Old English word "busc" or the Old Norse "buskr," both of which mean "bush," a shrub.

Variations on the English spelling "Bush" include: Bushe, Bosch, Boush, Boushe, Busch, Bussche, Buscher, Bysh, and Bysshe.

The Bush family has held a family seat in Yorkshire, Northern England.

People with the surname Bush name include:

Bush (beer)

Bush is a Belgian beer. There are a few types of Bush but the most famous is the high-fermentation amber beer with a strong taste of malt. Also known as Bush 12, its official name is now Amber Bush. It is the flagship product of the Dubuisson Brewery, situated in Pipaix in the municipality of Leuze-en-Hainaut, Belgium. Bush has an alcohol level that reaches 12% and makes Amber Bush one of the strongest beers. Its label claims that it is "The strongest Belgian beer".

Bush (album)

Bush is the thirteenth studio album by American West Coast hip hop recording artist Snoop Dogg. It was released on May 12, 2015, with the record labels; Doggystyle Records, i Am Other and Columbia Records. The album was produced by Pharrell Williams with additional production by Chad Hugo. Bush features guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Wonder, Charlie Wilson, Gwen Stefani, T.I. and Rick Ross. Bush was the first album by the rapper after his return to the hip hop moniker Snoop Dogg.

It was supported by the singles; " Peaches N Cream" featuring Charlie Wilson, " So Many Pros", and " California Roll" featuring Stevie Wonder.

Bush received generally positive reviews from critics. The album debuted at number 14 on the US Billboard 200 and number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The album serves as the follow-up to Snoop's twelfth studio album Reincarnated (2013).

Usage examples of "bush".

Whitman was asked whether Bush should have an abortion litmus test for the Supreme Court, she boasted that as governor of New Jersey she had abjured litmus tests for her judicial nominees.

At Port Resolution, in the New Hebrides, Martin elected to walk barefooted in the bush and returned on board with many cuts and abrasions, especially on his shins.

It would be awfully difficult for Gore to catch up to Bush before December 12unless a court disqualified enough Bush overseas absentee votes.

Was the unfortunate aeronaut slowly bleeding to death, lying there amidst the bushes on that tongue of land?

The yard was filled with weeds and trash, along with a riot of sumac and ailanthus bushes and a pair of dead oaks.

Beyond the fence, the lawn was overgrown with weeds and ancient ailanthus bushes.

They said that the plant at one time in the alcheringa was the hair of a certain woman who lived deep in the bush.

Phosphorescent water-lilies floated like charming faces on the pond and the bush which Mazirian had brought from far Almery in the south tinctured the air with sweet fruity perfume.

One Amar dodged into a heavy bush and died with a hundred tiny darts in his skin.

Persian Gulf, Bush said in a 1999 speech at the Citadel, was an impressive accomplishment, but also one that had taken six months of planning, amassing of military forces and supplies, and preparation.

My crew took out that row of amelanchier bushes on the north side this morning, and I wondered if Lord Mark wanted any more compost.

I beat the bush to flush out whoever was behind my amnesia, I got you.

About twenty yards from the hut where Arabin had passed the night, was a large, and, for the Bush, respectable-looking cottage.

But supposing a committee of arboriculturists, in these days of stamping out all the joyous old pantheistic customs, were to sit in open-air conclave and adjudge the reward of a caressing parasite to the sturdiest old trunk in the Australian bush, this ancient gum-tree would have been entwined for its remaining decades--years are of little account in the life of such a tree--by the very Abishag of a creeper.

Charles had been a coachman or a groom, Asey bet, as he ducked behind a clump of bushes and watched the bow - legged little man inarch over to the roadster and play the beam of his flashlight around it, and then over the contents of the seat.