There are 3 definitions of buck in English:

buck1

Syllabification: buck
Pronunciation: /bək
 
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noun

1The male of some antlered animals, especially the fallow deer, roe deer, reindeer, and antelopes. Compare with doe.
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  • Some places base the cost of a deer hunt on the size of a buck's antlers - the bigger the antlers, the more the hunt costs.
  • Herein, we consider two main hypotheses to assess the possible function of the post-copulatory vocalization of fallow bucks.
  • When, freezing and exhausted, he finally felt land beneath his limbs, the buck collapsed.
1.1A male hare, rabbit, ferret, rat, or kangaroo.
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  • Marion had never got on with her father, but right now if she saw his face she'd have cheerfully swung the three strong buck rabbits she was carrying into it.
  • During my North Cotswold Mastership, I made Butler, the terrier man, carry a huge white buck ferret on his bicycle, and very useful he proved to be.
  • John, as mentioned at the outset, had two dogs that were almost drowned by a wild buck kangaroo when it took them on in a small reservoir on his family's property.
2A vaulting horse.
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  • No work on the buck is presented here because so few gymnasia are equipped with this apparatus.
  • In the States years ago and long before anyone ever heard of adjustable cables, a small version of the vaulting horse was called the buck.
  • We would be made to do all the usual humiliating routines of trying to climb the ropes, balance on beams, hang upside down on the wall bars and on occasion, vault over a ‘horse’ or ‘buck’.
3A vertical jump performed by a horse, with the head lowered, back arched, and back legs thrown out behind.
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  • Every so often she would give a little buck, rear or jump.
  • About 10 minutes into the lesson he did one of his handstand bucks and sent me flying towards the floor.
  • Quinn's horse went into a gallop, followed by a small buck.
4 dated A fashionable and typically high-spirited young man.
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  • For many of the young bucks in their scarlet tunics, what starts as a great imperial adventure ends in either a squalid death or captivity.
  • He's both the wise man and the young buck trying to prove himself.
  • That old cliche of a blend of young bucks and seasoned campaigners was there in abundance.
5 informal offensive A black or American Indian man.
6 (bucks) An oxford shoe made of buckskin.
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  • The buck, which comes in tan for wear in cooler weather, is either an oxford or a blucher made from unlined buckskin or reversed calf.
  • Our school was avant-garde in that respect. We wore grey bucks and anklets but did not have to wear hose.
  • Approved attire included straw boater hats and canes, usually worn with Bermuda shorts; in the 1950's flannels, waistcoats, and white bucks were worn to some of the dances

verb

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1 [no object] (Of a horse) to perform a buck: he’s got to get his head down to buck [with object]: she bucked them off if they tried to get on her back
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  • The horse was small, but it was sturdy, and it suddenly started bucking and plunging in a manner that would have done a bronco proud.
  • Proper dental care has eliminated dangerous behaviors such as bolting, flipping over backwards, and bucking in a number of my clients' horses.
  • The gelding had almost bucked her off several times, and all we had done was walk and trot.
1.1(Of a vehicle) make sudden jerky movements: the boat began to buck in the water
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  • I couldn't avoid them all, and the ship bucked and heaved under me as more rocks than I would like to count peppered our outer hull.
  • The boat bucked and spun and entered the rapids.
  • The truck bucked violently as the shock wave slammed against it, and Ian was pelted with small stones and dust, first from behind, then a split second later from the opposite direction.
2 [with object] Oppose or resist (something that seems oppressive or inevitable): the shares bucked the market trend
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  • European bourses ended the week in the red yesterday, but the Irish market bucked the trend managing to stay ahead throughout the day's trading.
  • The outgoing chief executive still believes you cannot buck the market.
  • But whenever coaches buck conventional wisdom, they face intense scrutiny from reporters and fans.
Synonyms
resist, oppose, defy, fight, kick against
3 [with object] informal Make (someone) more cheerful: Bella and Jim need me to buck them up [no object]: (buck up) buck up, kid, it’s not the end of the world
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  • Much worse may yet come to trouble Airdrie as they scramble to safeguard their long-term future, but they will not have top-tier football to help them, barring a bucking up of form on their part and a bit more bungling by the men from Maryhill.
  • He bucks you up and tutors you and guides you and mentors you.
  • A new, comfortingly rich deal with EMI bucked them up no end, apparently.
Synonyms
cheer up, perk up, take heart, pick up, bounce backcheer up, buoy up, perk up, hearten, uplift, encourage, enliven, give someone a lift
informal pep up
rare inspirit

adjective

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Lowest of a particular rank: a buck private
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  • Like the old buck sergeant he is, Shipley hurried them off to the appropriate ticket agent.
  • In 1954, I became a Ph.D. in mathematics and a buck private in the Army.
  • Pat Reid was buck private to begin with and, even though he was in charge of an important group, he remained a buck private until the day he left Spain.

Origin

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.

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There are 3 definitions of buck in English:

buck2

Syllabification: buck
Pronunciation: /bək
 
/

noun

North American & Australian/New Zealand informal
A dollar: a run-down hotel room for five bucks a night
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  • I know, but it's just five bucks, and at this point I'm almost eager to give it to him.
  • Can you imagine paying 47 bucks to watch skateboarding?
  • It was only about 8 euros, which is about US 10 bucks.

Origin

mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

Phrases

big bucks

A lot of money.
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  • She figured she was already in the money so why not take a shot at the big bucks.
  • We're going to show you why some bold thieves may not be making big bucks off their amazing heist.
  • Free speech is of limited value when freedom to be heard requires big bucks.

a fast (or quick) buck

Easily and quickly earned money: the pursuit of a fast buck is the cause of most losses
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  • Ultimately the show celebrates friendship, and the extraordinary lengths these ordinary men will go to earn a fast buck and restore pride in their lives.
  • Investors saw an opportunity in snapping up new houses and apartments, seeing the opportunity for a quick buck as rents climbed sharply.
  • I don't want to be forced into earning a quick buck.

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There are 3 definitions of buck in English:

buck3

Syllabification: buck
Pronunciation: /bək
 
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noun

An article placed as a reminder before a player whose turn it is to deal at poker.
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  • In Texas Hold 'Em a plastic puck or a buck (a silver dollar) rotates around the table to signify the dealer.
  • The "dealer" for a given hand will hold the dealer button, or buck. When the hand is completed, the button is passed to the player on the left.
  • Poker and politics have often been intertwined. Harry Truman had his own presidential poker chips, and the "buck" which stopped at his desk is also from the game.

Origin

mid 19th century: from the use of a buck-handled knife to indicate the dealer in a poker game.

Phrases

the buck stops here (or with someone)

informal The responsibility for something cannot or should not be passed to someone else.
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  • Those people that are trying to shift focus should realize what Harry Truman said a long time ago, the buck stops here.
  • We are all to blame tonight, but I signed the players and I suppose the buck stops with me.
  • ‘I'm the compliance officer, so you're right, the buck stops here in the end,’ she said.

pass the buck

informal Shift the responsibility for something to someone else.
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  • It seems to me that it is far easier to pass the buck than to take personal responsibility for our own actions.
  • The government can pass the buck to companies, and workers can abdicate all responsibility.
  • Instead they have been engaged in the old game of passing the buck, and shifting all blame onto the civil service.

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