Posted by ESC on September 04, 2003
In Reply to: Re: Beat the rush posted by Kit on September 04, 2003
: : I saw a program the other night on The History Channel that stated the phrase "beat the rush" was coined in reference to the revenue clipper ship USS Rush which operated in Alaskan waters in the mid-1800's. Evidently, the locals would attempt to surreptitiously sell undeclared pelts before the ship sailed into their region, thus "beating the Rush." Does anyone have knowledge of this origin, either way?
: : It sounds a little too convenient to me.
: Sounds a bit fishy to me! I always understood 'beat the rush' as literally just that, for example getting home early to avoid the 'rush-hour' of traffic, or purchasing something before everyone else 'rushed to get it'. Perhaps i'm over-simplifyimg the phrase and its origin.
I hate to go against the History Channel, but that doesn't sound likely to me. Sometimes a rush is just a rush. I looked in several references, including a couple of nautical phrase books, and couldn't find anything.