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v. tucked, tuck·ing, tucks
a. To thrust or fold the edge of so as to secure or confine: He tucked his shirt into his pants. I tucked the blanket under the mattress.
b. To wrap or cover snugly, as by tucking a blanket: tucked the baby in bed.
c. To make one or more folds in: tucked the pleats before sewing the hem.
a. To put in an out-of-the-way, snug place: a cabin that was tucked among the pines.
b. To store in a safe spot; save: tuck away a bit of lace; tuck away millions.
a. To draw in; contract: He tucked his chin into his chest.
b. Sports To bring (a body part) into a tuck position.
To make tucks.
1. The act of tucking.
2. A flattened pleat or fold, especially a very narrow one stitched in place.
3. Nautical The part of a ship's hull under the stern where the ends of the bottom planks come together.
a. A body position used in some sports, such as diving, in which the knees are bent and the thighs are drawn close to the chest, with the hands often clasped around the shins.
b. A position in skiing in which the skier squats, often while holding the poles parallel to the ground and under the arms.
5. Informal A cosmetic surgical procedure in which skin or fat is removed, sometimes accompanied by muscle tightening, to create a slimmer or more youthful appearance.
6. Chiefly British Food, especially sweets and pastry.
tuck away (or into) Informal
To consume (food) heartily.
To make (a child, for example) secure in bed for sleep, especially by tucking bedclothes into the bed.
[Middle English tuken, possibly from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch tocken, tucken.]
A beat or tap, especially on a drum.
[From Middle English tukken, to beat a drum, from Old North French toquer, to strike, from Vulgar Latin *toccāre.]
A slender sword; a rapier.
[Perhaps from French dialectal étoc, from Old French estoc, of Germanic origin.]