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



    BrE BrE//rʌk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rʌk//
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  1. 1[countable] (in rugby) a group of players who gather round the ball when it is lying on the ground and push each other in order to get the ball See related entries: Rugby
  2. 2[singular] a group of people standing closely together or fighting He pushed his way through the ruck of drinkers to get to the bar. When the police arrived, it soon turned into an ugly ruck.
  3. 3the ruck [singular] (disapproving) ordinary people or events She saw marriage to him as a way out of the ruck.
  4. Word Originnoun Middle English (in the sense ‘stack of fuel, heap’): apparently of Scandinavian origin; compare with Norwegian ruke ‘heap of hay’.

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