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ruck1

[ruhk] /rʌk/
noun
1.
a large number or quantity; mass.
2.
the great mass of undistinguished or inferior persons or things.
Origin of ruck1
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English ruke, perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian ruka in same senses; akin to rick1

ruck2

[ruhk] /rʌk/
noun
1.
a fold or wrinkle; crease.
verb (used with or without object)
2.
to make or become creased or wrinkled.
Origin
First recorded in 1780-90, ruck is from the Old Norse word hrukka a wrinkle
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Examples from the Web for ruck
Historical Examples
  • He's head and shoulders above the ruck of black-and-white artists.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport Robert Neilson Stephens
  • I advertised myself, and made the ruck get out of my way, as I told you before.

    People of Position Stanley Portal Hyatt
  • But it's different for you and me, Jimmy Grierson, because we're not in the ruck.

    People of Position Stanley Portal Hyatt
  • Why, how are you to get out of this ruck now, when it begins to move?

  • And—I was under the impression that you married me because you found me different from the ruck.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • Perhaps he will be the last to see the big thing that he is doing, for he is in the ruck of it.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • One must always remove himself from the ruck to see its movement.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • "Toil has brought you up from the ruck of things," Reason would have plausibly said.

    This Simian World Clarence Day
  • Behind them came a ruck of Syrian youths, effeminate, vicious.

    The Wind Bloweth

    Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
  • I have always stood above the muck and ruck—clear and clean and unassailable.

    Theft Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for ruck

ruck1

/rʌk/
noun
1.
a large number or quantity; mass, esp of ordinary or undistinguished people or things
2.
(in a race) a group of competitors who are well behind the leaders at the finish
3.
(rugby) a loose scrum that forms around the ball when it is on the ground
4.
(Australian rules football) the three players, two ruckmen and a rover, that do not have fixed positions but follow the ball closely
verb
5.
(intransitive) (rugby) to try to win the ball by advancing over it when it is on the ground, driving opponents backward in the process
Word Origin
C13 (meaning ``heap of firewood''): perhaps from Scandinavian; compare Old Norse hraukrrick1

ruck2

/rʌk/
noun
1.
a wrinkle, crease, or fold
verb
2.
(usually foll by up) to become or make wrinkled, creased, or puckered
Word Origin
C18: from Scandinavian; related to Old Norse hrukka

ruck3

/rʌk/
noun
1.
(prison slang) a fight
Word Origin
C20: short for ruckus

ruck4

/rʌk/
noun
1.
(military, slang) a rucksack
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