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Definition of buck noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    buck

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//bʌk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bʌk//
     
    Domesticated mammals
     
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  1. 1 [countable] (informal) a US, Australian or New Zealand dollar; a South African rand; an Indian rupee They cost ten bucks. We're talking big bucks (= a lot of money) here.
  2. 2 [countable] a male deer, hare or rabbit (also called a buck rabbit) compare doe, hart, stag See related entries: Domesticated mammals
  3. 3[countable] (pl. buck) (South African English) a deer, whether male or female a herd of buck
  4. 4[countable] (old-fashioned, informal) a young man
  5. 5the buck [singular] used in some expressions to refer to the responsibility or blame for something It was my decision. The buck stops here (= nobody else can be blamed). I was tempted to pass the buck (= make somebody else responsible). From buck, an object which in a poker game is placed in front of the player whose turn it is to deal.
  6. Word Originnoun senses 2 to 3 Old English, partly from buc ‘male deer’ (of Germanic origin, related to Dutch bok and German Bock); reinforced by bucca ‘male goat’, of the same ultimate origin. noun sense 1 mid 19th cent.: of unknown origin.Idioms (especially North American English, informal) if you get more, better, etc. bang for your buck, you get better value for the money you spend or the effort you put in to something
    look/feel like a million dollars/bucks
     
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    (informal) to look/feel extremely good Wow, you look like a million dollars.
    (informal, often disapproving) to earn money quickly and easily This is a long-term project. We are not out to make a quick buck.
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