A kind of rush, a thrill almost


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This is an extract from Life after life by Kate Atkinson.
"The slates were slick with ice and Ursula had barely placed her small, slippered foot on the slope beneath the window before it slid out from under her. She let out
a little cry, held out a hand towards the knitting queen as she raced past her, feet first, a tobogganer without a toboggan. There was no parapet to buffer her descent, nothing at all to stop her being propelled into the black wings of night. A kind of rush, a thrill almost, as she was launched into the bottomless air and then nothing."

I don't understand the meaning of the phrase highlighted in bold. Would you like to help me? Thank you.
  • Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    Have you looked in the WR Dictionary?
    • The rush is the first noun-use: the act of rushing; a rapid or violent onward movement.
    • The thrill is a sudden wave of keen emotion or excitement, sometimes manifested as a tremor or tingling sensation passing through the body.