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Pronunciation: /mʌʃ
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1A soft, wet, pulpy mass: red lentils cook quickly and soon turn to mush [in singular]: the flowers had been flattened into a sodden pink mush
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  • The chips were fine, but the deep-fried tube of pink mush was not an experience to be quickly repeated.
  • I snapped the hard outer crust and observed a softer kernel consisting of unidentifiable mush with what looked like carrots and bean skins protruding from it.
  • The last of the summer's flowers are mush, all the leaves have fallen off the maple and my chrysanthemums are looking a sorry sight.
Synonyms
pap, pulp, slop, paste, purée, slush, swill, mash, pomace
informal gloop, goo, gook
North American informal glop
2Feeble or cloying sentimentality: the film’s not just romantic mush
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  • And more importantly, he avoids turning all this into sentimental mush.
  • The cards, covered in pastel colors and sentimental mush, were of the lovey-dovey variety.
  • It's a sticky situation, alright: how do you make a funny, feel-good holiday movie that doesn't fall into the trap of turning into sentimental mush as soon as things start to get good?
Synonyms
informal schmaltz, corn, slush, hokum, sob stuff, cheese
North American informal slop
3North American Thick maize porridge.
Example sentences
  • Maize is used to produce various sorts of porridge or cornmeal mush.
  • He scooped up the sloppy bowl of thick mush that was mindlessly held out to him as he strode into the barracks.
  • If you like polenta - that creamy, golden, northern Italian mush - then you have a choice of slow or fast polenta.

verb

[with object] (usually as adjective mushed) Back to top  
Reduce (a substance) to a soft, wet, pulpy mass: a cake combining layers of mushed prune and pastry
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  • William took his tray and shoved her, mushing the pizza into her shirt.
  • Well do you have noodles slowly being mushed between the keys of your keyboard as you type?
  • I picked up a handful of snow from what was left on the bench and mushed it around in my hand idly.

Origin

late 17th century (in sense 3 of the noun): apparently a variant of mash.

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Pronunciation: /mʌʃ
 
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verb

[no object]
1Go on a journey across snow with a dog sled: they got into the sleigh and mushed over the ice and snow
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  • The Iditarod consists of well-worn and easy-to-follow trails that local residents use throughout the year, mushing and snowmobiling from village to village.
  • My goal this year was to finish with a healthy team and to have fun, (although one's idea of fun can be debatable when mushing and camping at - 50oC!).
  • ‘That's kind of hot for mushing,’ he said, explaining that they will feed the dogs flavored ice chips to keep them cool.
1.1 [with object] Urge on (the dogs) during a journey with a dog sled: McDowell mushed a dog team the eighty miles to Aklavik
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  • It's certainly great fun spending days mushing your own dog team.
  • The following month, she learned to mush dogs, and fell in love with the practice.
  • Even when mushing a husky dog sleigh team through the frozen deserts of Iceland she is inappropriately dressed in a thin body-hugging woollen outfit.

exclamation

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A command urging on dogs pulling a sled during a journey across snow.

noun

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A journey across snow with a dog sled: a twelve-day mush for men and dogs over the frozen subarctic prairie
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  • Some families play Monopoly, others watch TV - but one 17 year old and her family mush together.

Origin

mid 19th century: probably an alteration of French marchez! or marchons!, imperatives of marcher 'to advance'.

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mush3

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Pronunciation: /mʊʃ
 
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noun

British informal
1A person’s mouth or face.
Example sentences
  • The story starts here with a slap in the mush from some unsympathetic magistrate.
  • An infuriatingly overlong wait of 35 minutes was impatiently observed until your reviewer felt it necessary to tell the mush behind the bar to get the kitchen to get a move on.
  • People are going to know who I am because I'm on telly and in magazines and have my big mush plastered about everywhere.
2Used as a form of address: what you doing round here, mush?

Origin

mid 19th century: probably from Romany, 'man'.

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