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Definition of buck verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they buck
    he / she / it bucks
    past simple bucked
    -ing form bucking
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  1. 1[intransitive] (of a horse) to jump with the two back feet or all four feet off the ground
  2. 2[intransitive] to move up and down suddenly or in a way that is not controlled The boat bucked and heaved beneath them. The shotgun bucked in his hands.
  3. 3[transitive] buck something (informal) to resist or oppose something One or two companies have managed to buck the trend of the recession. He admired her willingness to buck the system (= oppose authority or rules). The president is unlikely to buck pressure from the public.
  4. Phrasal Verbsbuck upbuck somebody up
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