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Syllabification: ruck
Pronunciation: /rək
 
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noun

1A tightly packed crowd of people: Harry squeezed through the ruck to order another beer
1.1 (the ruck) The mass of ordinary people or things: education was the key to success, a way out of the ruck
More example sentences
  • When reviewing a career and analysing why someone has been successful, it is normal that you come across a few attributes that make them stand out above the ruck.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'stack of fuel, heap'): apparently of Scandinavian origin; compare with Norwegian ruke 'heap of hay'.

Words that rhyme with ruck

buck, Canuck, chuck, cluck, cruck, duck, fuck, luck, muck, pluck, puck, schmuck, shuck, struck, stuck, suck, truck, tuck, upchuck, yuck

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Syllabification: ruck
Pronunciation: /rək
 
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verb

[with object]
1Compress or move (cloth or clothing) so that it forms a number of untidy folds or creases: the baby’s nightgown was rucked up to his armpits
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  • I twisted to try and knock her hands away and ended up wincing as skin pulled and she pushed me back, rucked my shirt up a bit higher.
  • Their guest made a loud scoffing noise and stood up, violently pushing back his chair so that it rucked up the carpet.
1.1 [no object] (Of cloth or clothing) form rucks: Eleanor’s dress rucked up at the front
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  • The fabric is rucking up a little and not making a graceful curve because I haven't trimmed all the seams inside yet.
  • The dress rucks up under the arms because the back strap has been attached to the wrong part of the dress.

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Origin

late 18th century (as a noun): from Old Norse hrukka.

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Syllabification: ruck
Pronunciation: /rək
 
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noun

US informal
A rucksack: I barely had time to repack my ruck
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  • This includes a timed run and ruck marches over the hills.
  • Members of the unit are required to complete the 10K ruck march with 55 pounds of weight in their rucksack.
  • With his back thanking him for removing the ruck, Delgado slowly patrolled past his teammates.

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British informal

noun

A quarrel or fight, especially a brawl involving several people: there was a rare old ruck before the police arrived

verb

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Engage in a ruck: with no money and nothing to do, they started rucking

Origin

1950s: perhaps a shortened form of ruction or ruckus.

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