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Meaning of stampede

stam•pede

Pronunciation: (stam-pēd'), [key]
— n., v., -ped•ed, -ped•ing.
—n.
  1. a sudden, frenzied rush or headlong flight of a herd of frightened animals, esp. cattle or horses.
  2. any headlong general flight or rush.
  3. a celebration, usually held annually, combining a rodeo, contests, exhibitions, dancing, etc.
—v.i.
  1. to scatter or flee in a stampede: People stampeded from the burning theater.
  2. to make a general rush: On hearing of the sale, they stampeded to the store.
—v.t.
  1. to cause to stampede.
  2. to rush or overrun (a place): Customers stampeded the stores.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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