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a. A multitude; a throng.
b. The undistinguished crowd or ordinary run of persons or things.
2. People who are followers, not leaders.
a. A play in Rugby in which a mass of players gathers around a ball dropped by a tackled ball carrier, with each player attempting to gain possession of the ball by kicking it to a teammate.
b. The mass of players during such a play. Also called loose scrum.
[Middle English ruke, heap, probably of Scandinavian origin.]
v. rucked, ruck·ing, rucks
To make a fold in; crease.
To become creased.
A crease or pucker, as in cloth.
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1. a large number or quantity; mass, esp of ordinary or undistinguished people or things
2. (General Sporting Terms) (in a race) a group of competitors who are well behind the leaders at the finish
3. (Rugby) rugby a loose scrum that forms around the ball when it is on the ground
4. (Australian Rules Football) Australian rules football the three players, two ruckmen and a rover, that do not have fixed positions but follow the ball closely
(Rugby) (intr) rugby to try to win the ball by advancing over it when it is on the ground, driving opponents backwards in the process
[C13 (meaning "heap of firewood"): perhaps from Scandinavian; compare Old Norse hraukr rick1]
a wrinkle, crease, or fold
(usually foll by up) to become or make wrinkled, creased, or puckered
[C18: from Scandinavian; related to Old Norse hrukka]
slang a fight
[C20: short for ruckus]
(Military) military slang a rucksack
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a large number or quantity; mass.
2. the great mass of undistinguished or inferior persons or things.
[1175–1225; Middle English ruke, perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian ruka in same senses; akin to rick]
1. a fold or wrinkle; crease.v.t., v.i.
2. to make or become creased or wrinkled.
[1780–90; < Old Norse hrukka a wrinkle]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
Rucka large number; a crowd; a heap or pile; a rick or stack of hay or corn.
Examples: ruck of coal, 1483; of corn, 1610; of fortune, 1601; of fuel, 1459; of hay, 1725; of horses, 1856; of rich pearls and sparkling diamonds, 1601; of sheep and goats, 1657; of stones, 1828; of wheat, 1570.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
Past participle: rucked
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(loose scrum) Similar to a maul but with the ball being kicked on the ground; it must not be handled.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
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|Noun||1.||ruck - a crowd especially of ordinary or undistinguished persons or things; "his brilliance raised him above the ruck"; "the children resembled a fairy herd"|
|2.||ruck - an irregular fold in an otherwise even surface (as in cloth)|
|Verb||1.||ruck - become wrinkled or drawn together; "her lips puckered"|
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noun battle, fight, conflict, clash, set-to (informal), encounter, riot, scrap (informal), fray, brawl, skirmish, head-to-head, tussle, scuffle, free-for-all (informal), fracas, dogfight, affray (Law), scrimmage, exchange of blows, melee or mêlée There'll be a huge ruck with the cops.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
1. An enormous number of persons gathered together:
2. A very large number of things grouped together:
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
ruck1 [rʌk] N (Racing) → grueso m del pelotón (Rugby) → melé f (fig) → gente f, común personas fpl corrientes
to get out of the ruck → empezar a destacar, adelantarse a los demás
A. N (in clothing etc) → arruga f
B. VT (also to ruck up) → arrugar
C. VI → arrugarse
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
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(Racing) → Pulk m; the (common) ruck (fig) → die (breite) Masse; to get out of the ruck (fig) → sich von der breiten Masse absetzen
(Prison sl: = ruckus) → Krawall m (inf)
n (= wrinkle) → Falte f
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