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buck3

[buhk]
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noun
  1. a sawhorse.
  2. Gymnastics. a cylindrical, leather-covered block mounted in a horizontal position on a single vertical post set in a steel frame, for use chiefly in vaulting.
  3. any of various heavy frames, racks, or jigs used to support materials or partially assembled items during manufacture, as in airplane assembly plants.
  4. Also called door buck. a doorframe of wood or metal set in a partition, especially one of light masonry, to support door hinges, hardware, finish work, etc.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to split or saw (logs, felled trees, etc.).
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Verb Phrases
  1. buck in, Surveying, Optical Tooling. to set up an instrument in line with two marks.
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Origin of buck3

First recorded in 1855–60; short for sawbuck1
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British Dictionary definitions for door-buck

buck1

noun
    1. the male of various animals including the goat, hare, kangaroo, rabbit, and reindeer
    2. (as modifier)a buck antelope
  1. Southern African an antelope or deer of either sex
  2. US informal a young man
  3. archaic a robust spirited young man
  4. archaic a dandy; fop
  5. the act of bucking
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verb
  1. (intr) (of a horse or other animal) to jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched
  2. (tr) (of a horse, etc) to throw (its rider) by bucking
  3. (when intr , often foll by against) informal, mainly US and Canadian to resist or oppose obstinatelyto buck against change; to buck change
  4. (tr; usually passive) informal to cheer or encourageI was very bucked at passing the exam
  5. US and Canadian informal (esp of a car) to move forward jerkily; jolt
  6. US and Canadian to charge against (something) with the head down; butt
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See also buck up
Derived Formsbucker, noun

Word Origin

Old English bucca he-goat; related to Old Norse bukkr, Old High German bock, Old Irish bocc

buck2

noun
  1. US, Canadian and Australian informal a dollar
  2. Southern African informal a rand
  3. a fast buck easily gained money
  4. bang for one's buck See bang 1 (def. 15)
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Word Origin

C19: of obscure origin

buck3

noun
  1. gymnastics a type of vaulting horse
  2. US and Canadian a stand for timber during sawingAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): sawhorse
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verb
  1. (tr) US and Canadian to cut (a felled or fallen tree) into lengths
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Word Origin

C19: short for sawbuck

buck4

noun
  1. poker a marker in the jackpot to remind the winner of some obligation when his turn comes to deal
  2. pass the buck informal to shift blame or responsibility onto another
  3. the buck stops here informal the ultimate responsibility lies here
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Word Origin

C19: probably from buckhorn knife, placed before a player in poker to indicate that he was the next dealer

Buck

noun
  1. Pearl S (ydenstricker). 1892–1973, US novelist, noted particularly for her novel of Chinese life The Good Earth (1931): Nobel prize for literature 1938
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Word Origin and History for door-buck

buck

n.1

"male deer," c.1300, earlier "male goat;" from Old English bucca "male goat," from Proto-Germanic *bukkon (cf. Old Saxon buck, Middle Dutch boc, Dutch bok, Old High German boc, German Bock, Old Norse bokkr), perhaps from a PIE root *bhugo (cf. Avestan buza "buck, goat," Armenian buc "lamb"), but some speculate that it is from a lost pre-Germanic language. Barnhart says Old English buc "male deer," listed in some sources, is a "ghost word or scribal error."

Meaning "dollar" is 1856, American English, perhaps an abbreviation of buckskin, a unit of trade among Indians and Europeans in frontier days, attested in this sense from 1748. Pass the buck is first recorded in the literal sense 1865, American English:

The 'buck' is any inanimate object, usually knife or pencil, which is thrown into a jack pot and temporarily taken by the winner of the pot. Whenever the deal reaches the holder of the 'buck', a new jack pot must be made. [J.W. Keller, "Draw Poker," 1887]

Perhaps originally especially a buck-handled knife. The figurative sense of "shift responsibility" is first recorded 1912. Buck private is recorded by 1870s, of uncertain signification.

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buck

v.

1848, apparently with a sense of "jump like a buck," from buck (n.1). Related: Bucked; bucking. Buck up "cheer up" is from 1844.

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buck

n.2

"sawhorse," 1817, American English, apparently from Dutch bok "trestle."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with door-buck

buck

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