On hot summer days, city kids will sometimes open a fire hydrant and let the water gush into the street. Things that gush come streaming out.

Water can gush out of a hose or a drinking fountain, and you can also call the jet of water itself a gush. A more figurative way to gush is to talk enthusiastically about something — you might gush when you're describing your favorite teacher. Gush comes from the twelfth century English word gosshien, originally "make noises in the stomach," and later "pour out." Gush is an onomatopoeic word — it sounds like what it means.

Definitions of gush
  1. verb
    gush forth in a sudden stream or jet
    “water gushed forth”
    synonyms: spirt, spout, spurt
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    flow intermittently
    spout moist air from the blowhole
    gush or squirt out
    type of:
    flow in a spurt
  2. verb
    issue in a jet; come out in a jet; stream or spring forth
    synonyms: jet
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    type of:
    course, feed, flow, run
    move along, of liquids
  3. verb
    praise enthusiastically
    synonyms: rave
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    type of:
    express approval of
  4. noun
    a sudden rapid flow (as of water)
    “there was a little gush of blood”
    synonyms: flush, outpouring
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    a swelling rush of anything
    type of:
    flow, flowing
    the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)
  5. noun
    an unrestrained expression of emotion
    synonyms: blowup, ebullition, effusion, outburst
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    acting out
    a (usually irritating) impulsive and uncontrollable outburst by a problem child or a neurotic adult
    a fit of weeping
    a sudden outburst
    a sudden outburst of emotion
    type of:
    expression, manifestation, reflection, reflexion
    expression without words
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