- 1 Rugby A loose scrum formed around a player with the ball on the ground: players will be encouraged to go to the ground when tackled to form a ruck Compare with maul.More example sentences
- Vickery is the man in trouble for illegally handling the ball in a ruck.
- Selby hit back instantly when they worked their way down field from their own line and earned a penalty in front of the posts when a Malton hand was adjudged to have helped the ball back in a ruck.
- Harrogate's forwards won the ruck and the ball was quickly transferred across the backs for left wing Tapster to finish the move with an unconverted try.
- 2.1 (the ruck) The mass of ordinary people or things: education was the key to success, a way out of the ruckMore example sentences
- The trouble with all elect brotherhoods is that they tend to place themselves above the ruck of mankind.
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- Take part in a ruck: too often the pack failed to ruck as a unit (as noun rucking) in the games so far the pack has mixed its rucking and mauling wellMore example sentences
- Kendal's pack, missing some key men among six absent first-team regulars, suffered in the set scrummage but rucked and mauled well.
- This season, Jim Telfer has been lending his experience and infectious fervour and pugnacity to Scotland's rucking and mauling and at times there did seem more of the dynamic impact of bygone days.
- Bury laid siege to the Kirby Lonsdale 22 for the first ten minutes and having won three successive line-outs should have kept the ball tight in the forwards and rucked and mauled their way to the line.
Middle English (in the sense 'stack of fuel, heap'): apparently of Scandinavian origin; compare with Norwegian ruke 'heap of hay'.
- 1Compress or move (cloth or clothing) so that it forms a number of untidy folds or creases: her skirt was rucked upMore example sentences
- 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 frontMore example sentences
- 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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late 18th century (as a noun): from Old Norse hrukka.
British • informal
- A quarrel or fight, especially a brawl involving several people: there was a rare old ruck before the police arrivedMore example sentences
- The award, a virtual passport to fame and fortune, can usually be relied on to bring out the worst in the male-dominated world of stand-up, including a ruck at the party in the early hours of Sunday when the winner is announced.
- We experienced that the Germans have a strange tendency to bump into people, which no one seemed to mind, however had this happened in a club back in England, it would certainly have lead to a ruck.