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stampedenoun [C]

uk   us   /stæmˈpiːd/
an ​occasion when many ​largeanimals or many ​peoplesuddenly all ​movequickly and in an ​uncontrolled way, usually in the same ​direction at the same ​time, ​especially because of ​fear: Two ​shoppers were ​injured in the stampede as ​shopdoorsopened on the first ​day of the ​sale.

stampedeverb [I or T]

uk   us   /stæmˈpiːd/
When ​animals or ​people stampede, they all ​movequickly in the same ​direction, often because they are ​frightened: A ​loudclap of ​thunder made the ​herd stampede.figurative No ​amount of ​pressure will stampede (= ​force) this ​committee into making ​hastydecisions.
(Definition of stampede from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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stampedenoun [C]

 us   /stæmˈpid/
a ​situation where a ​largegroup of ​frightenedanimals, esp. ​horses or ​cattle, all ​run in the same ​direction: fig. A stampede of ​fanstried to ​enter the ​stadium at ​once.
stampede
verb [I/T]  us   /stæmˈpid/
[T] A ​loudclap of ​thunder stampeded the ​herd.
(Definition of stampede from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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