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

n a wild headlong rush of frightened animals (horses or cattle)

Type of:
change of location, travel
a movement through space that changes the location of something

n a headlong rush of people on a common impulse

“when he shouted `fire' there was a stampede to the exits”
Type of:
group action
action taken by a group of people

v cause to run in panic

“Thunderbolts can stampede animals”

v cause a group or mass of people to act on an impulse or hurriedly and impulsively

“The tavern owners stampeded us into overeating”

v run away in a stampede

Type of:
flee, fly, take flight
run away quickly

v act, usually en masse, hurriedly or on an impulse

“Companies will now stampede to release their latest software”
Type of:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

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