Origin of scrummage
perhaps originally a dialectal variant of scrimmage
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They seldom go into the scrummage, but must have more coolness than the chargers.
The pain was considerable, and when dragged from the scrummage he was in a half-fainting condition.
How would you like a scrummage, Andy, with them Scotchmen that stole your mother's chickens this morning?Horse-Shoe Robinson</p>
John Pendleton Kennedy
The ball has just fallen again where the two sides are thickest, and they close rapidly around it in a scrummage.
In the American game there is no scrummage in the English sense, nor is the ball thrown in at right angles after going into touch.
C19: variant of scrimmage
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