stampede

Do you see hundreds of cattle thundering toward you? Then stop reading and get out of there! A stampede is coming.

Stampede is a word for animal behavior that fits people sometimes too. During the holidays, desperate parents might stampede the mall, especially the toy stores. Fans of a popular movie might stampede to get tickets. A stampede of teen girls can usually be found chasing the latest boy bands. Stampede can be a noun or a verb, but either way, look out!

Definitions of stampede
  1. noun
    a wild headlong rush of frightened animals (horses or cattle)
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    type of:
    change of location, travel
    a movement through space that changes the location of something
  2. noun
    a headlong rush of people on a common impulse
    “when he shouted `fire' there was a stampede to the exits”
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    type of:
    group action
    action taken by a group of people
  3. verb
    cause to run in panic
    “Thunderbolts can stampede animals”
  4. verb
    cause a group or mass of people to act on an impulse or hurriedly and impulsively
    “The tavern owners stampeded us into overeating”
  5. verb
    run away in a stampede
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    type of:
    flee, fly, take flight
    run away quickly
  6. verb
    act, usually en masse, hurriedly or on an impulse
    “Companies will now stampede to release their latest software”
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    type of:
    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
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