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chuck1

Syllabification: chuck
Pronunciation: /CHək
 
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informal

verb

[with object]
1Throw (something) carelessly or casually: someone chucked a brick through the window figurative chucking money at the problem won’t solve it
More example sentences
  • There's amusement in his eyes as he strides into the room casually chucking his jacket over the back of the sofa.
  • People in the town feed these pigeons and until they stop chucking food about we will not get rid of them.
  • But I also agree with him that the second may be a bit more positive than just the government chucking money at traffic jams.
Synonyms
1.1Throw (something) away: they make a living out of stuff people chuck out
More example sentences
  • The pleasure of having a disk that is brimming to capacity, chucking it out and throwing in a new one that's 5 times the size is immeasurable.
  • A former Dutch prosecutor, who resigned last year after it emerged he had chucked his old PC out with the trash is in trouble again.
  • Besides, I felt relieved as I didn't have to chuck the stuff away.
Synonyms
1.2Give up (a job or activity) suddenly: Richard chucked his cultural studies course
More example sentences
  • That's when the Minish athlete chucked in her pensionable job for the hard world of professional athletics, but she has been an admirable student since then.
  • Oh, and did I mention that 12 months prior I had chucked in a cushy job in a University Science department to pursue this dream?
  • Freshly enrolled in Ballyfermot senior college in Dublin, the former waiter knew he was right to have chucked in his old job and turned his hand to journalism.
1.3Break off a relationship with (a partner): Mary chucked him for another guy
More example sentences
  • McFadden has been through a lot: painfully and publicly dumped by her husband, then chucked again by the publicity-seeking Dan Corsi.
  • For the most part, it's about getting back at people who chucked you.
  • He becomes homesick, his girlfriend chucks him for a Tannadice midfielder, he takes to drink and gives up the game.
Synonyms
leave, throw over, finish with, break off with, jilt
informal dump, ditch

Origin

late 17th century (as a verb): from chuck2.

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  • This informal word meaning ‘throw’ is the same as the one meaning ‘touch (someone) playfully under the chin’, probably from Old French chuquer, ‘to knock, bump’ (of unknown ultimate origin). The chuck (late 17th century) of a drill is a variant of chock, with chunk (late 17th century) another variant. The phrase the chuck expressing rejection (give somebody the chuck) dates from the late 19th century, while the sense ‘to vomit’ is an Australianism from the mid 20th century.

Phrases

chuck it all in

1
Abandon a course of action or way of life, especially for another that is radically different.
Example sentences
  • Having toyed with chucking it all in after hearing a friend had committed suicide, with his music as the soundtrack, Lanegan was swayed by the argument that perhaps his songs lifted rather than deepened the depression of his listeners.
  • But after all that study and wading through red tape, they'd chucked it all in for a life of baked beans, roll-ups and art.
  • With no gigs, no show and no prospects, Sadowitz chucked it all in and worked behind the counter in a friend's magic shop for five years.

Phrasal verbs

chuck someone out

1
Force someone to leave a building: the tenants have been chucked out of the cottages
More example sentences
  • We couldn't believe how unprofessional he was - not to give some kind of formal warning first or have a meeting with us, but just to chuck us out immediately, two young girls on their own.
  • Later, despite his feeble protestations, she petulantly chucks him out.
  • She giggled about it and called over this big guy who chucked me out by the ear.

Derivatives

chucker

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Cricket history is replete with examples of chuckers - the most memorable for Indian fans being West Indian paceman Charlie Griffith whose bowling nearly killed Nari Contractor at Barbados in 1962.
  • Right now they all appear to be tarred with the same brush - albeit inadvertently innocent to say the least, given known chuckers in cricket were forced from the game down the years.
  • I don't want to name names, but you don't need to be a rocket scientist to work out who the chuckers are.

Words that rhyme with chuck

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

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chuck2

Syllabification: chuck
Pronunciation: /CHək
 
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verb

[with object]
Touch (someone) playfully or gently under the chin.
Example sentences
  • ‘You won't go short!’ she says to her son in baby talk, chucking him under the chin.
  • Nicholas laughed and lightly chucked Susan under the chin.
  • She smiled wickedly and chucked him under the chin.

noun

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A playful touch under the chin.
Example sentences
  • But let's be clear there - a chuck under the chin is quite sufficient to convince me that affection can last the distance.
  • He gave the toddler a chuck under the chin which earned him a toothy grin.
  • Kelly reached forward and gave her a token chuck under the chin.

Origin

early 17th century (as a noun): probably from Old French chuquer, later choquer 'to knock, bump', of unknown ultimate origin.

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  • This informal word meaning ‘throw’ is the same as the one meaning ‘touch (someone) playfully under the chin’, probably from Old French chuquer, ‘to knock, bump’ (of unknown ultimate origin). The chuck (late 17th century) of a drill is a variant of chock, with chunk (late 17th century) another variant. The phrase the chuck expressing rejection (give somebody the chuck) dates from the late 19th century, while the sense ‘to vomit’ is an Australianism from the mid 20th century.

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chuck3

Syllabification: chuck
Pronunciation: /CHək
 
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noun

1A device for holding a workpiece in a lathe or a tool in a drill, typically having three or four jaws that move radially in and out.
Example sentences
  • One of the challenges of crank grinding relates to clamping the workpiece in the chuck so that the crank pin can be cylindrically ground.
  • To make the feet, the turner placed an offset chuck on the lathe and turned this part of the leg along a second axis.
  • Other keyless devices consist of rotating knobs (similar to a chuck on a drill) on the slide mechanism.
2A cut of beef that extends from the neck to the ribs, typically used for stewing.
Example sentences
  • Shred about 10 ounces cooked beef brisket or chuck.
  • Cut the pork, venison, chuck steak and kielbasa sausage into 2.5cm / 1in cubes, then toss together in the flour.
  • Similarly, the steak and kidney pie is now made with best blade steak rather than chuck beef.

Origin

late 17th century, as a variant of chock; see also chunk1.

More
  • This informal word meaning ‘throw’ is the same as the one meaning ‘touch (someone) playfully under the chin’, probably from Old French chuquer, ‘to knock, bump’ (of unknown ultimate origin). The chuck (late 17th century) of a drill is a variant of chock, with chunk (late 17th century) another variant. The phrase the chuck expressing rejection (give somebody the chuck) dates from the late 19th century, while the sense ‘to vomit’ is an Australianism from the mid 20th century.

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chuck4

Syllabification: chuck
Pronunciation: /CHək
 
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noun

US informal
Food or provisions.
Example sentences
  • Moving to America, one finds that the category of food known as chuck to cowboys is rich in examples of one-pot dishes.

Origin

mid 19th century: perhaps the same word as chuck3.

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  • This informal word meaning ‘throw’ is the same as the one meaning ‘touch (someone) playfully under the chin’, probably from Old French chuquer, ‘to knock, bump’ (of unknown ultimate origin). The chuck (late 17th century) of a drill is a variant of chock, with chunk (late 17th century) another variant. The phrase the chuck expressing rejection (give somebody the chuck) dates from the late 19th century, while the sense ‘to vomit’ is an Australianism from the mid 20th century.

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noun

Northern English informal
Used as a friendly form of address: ‘Can I help you at all, chuck?’

Origin

late 16th century: alteration of chick1.

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  • This informal word meaning ‘throw’ is the same as the one meaning ‘touch (someone) playfully under the chin’, probably from Old French chuquer, ‘to knock, bump’ (of unknown ultimate origin). The chuck (late 17th century) of a drill is a variant of chock, with chunk (late 17th century) another variant. The phrase the chuck expressing rejection (give somebody the chuck) dates from the late 19th century, while the sense ‘to vomit’ is an Australianism from the mid 20th century.

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Syllabification: chuck
Pronunciation: /CHək
 
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noun

Short for woodchuck.

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