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[tuhk] /tʌk/
verb (used with object)
to put into a small, close, or concealing place:
Tuck the money into your wallet.
to thrust in the loose end or edge of (a garment, covering, etc.) so as to hold closely in place (usually followed by in, up, under, etc.):
Tuck in your blouse. Tuck the edge of the sheet under the mattress.
to cover snugly in or as if in this manner:
She tucked the children into bed.
to pull up into a fold or folds; draw up into a folded arrangement (usually followed by in, up, etc.):
to tuck up one's skirts; to tuck one's knees under one's chin.
Needlework. to sew tucks in.
to pass (a strand) above or below another one.
Informal. to eat or drink (usually followed by in, away, etc.):
He tucked away a big meal.
verb (used without object)
to draw together; contract; pucker.
Needlework. to make tucks.
to fit securely or snugly:
a bed that tucks into the corner.
something tucked or folded in.
Sewing. a fold, or one of a series of folds, made by doubling cloth upon itself and stitching parallel with the edge of the fold, used for decoration or for shortening or fitting a garment.
Diving, Gymnastics. a body position in which the head is lowered and the thighs held against the chest with the knees bent and the arms locked around the shins.
Compare layout (def 10), pike7 .
Skiing. a crouch in which the ski poles are held close to the chest, extending back under the arms and parallel to the ground, as to maximize speed downhill.
Informal. a plastic surgery operation:
a tummy tuck.
Nautical. the part of a vessel where the after ends of the outside planking or plating unite at the sternpost.
(in tying knots) the operation of passing one strand above or below another.
British Slang. food.
Verb phrases
tuck into, to eat with gusto:
We tucked into a roast beef dinner.
Origin of tuck1
before 900; Middle English t(o)uken to stretch (cloth), torment, Old English tūcian to torment; akin to Middle Low German tucken to tug, German zucken to jerk. See tow1
Related forms
untucked, adjective Unabridged
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  • There was not even a book for her to replace, or a plaque to tuck away.

    The Silver Poppy Arthur Stringer
  • But Ben went in for show, an' he added to an' tuck away till the day of his death.

    Dixie Hart Will N. Harben
  • Have a good time and tuck away all you see to tell me later.

    How It Happened Kate Langley Bosher
  • "For a few days—yes," he repeated, half absently, as he tried to tuck away a hanging end.

  • Faix, but had Oona been tuck away tonight wid that vag o' the world, it's not laughin' you'd be.

    Fardorougha, The Miser William Carleton
  • I told her her pa'd ordered hit to be tuck away before dark.

    The Tobacco Tiller

    Sarah Bell Hackley
  • Your mother needn't worry about your continuing to exist as long as you can tuck away fat, salt pork in that fashion.'

    The Golden Road Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • People without berths, but with a chair and a rug from the head steward, began now to tuck away.

    The U-boat hunters

    James B. Connolly
  • But at the same time, apparently, he was finding it hard to tuck away a small smile of triumph.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
British Dictionary definitions for tuck away

tuck away

verb (transitive, adverb) (informal)
to eat (a large amount of food)
to store, esp in a place difficult to find


(transitive) to push or fold into a small confined space or concealed place or between two surfaces: to tuck a letter into an envelope
(transitive) to thrust the loose ends or sides of (something) into a confining space, so as to make neat and secure: to tuck the sheets under the mattress
to make a tuck or tucks in (a garment)
(usually transitive) to draw together, contract, or pucker
a tucked object or part
a pleat or fold in a part of a garment, usually stitched down so as to make it a better fit or as decoration
the part of a vessel where the after ends of the planking or plating meet at the sternpost
  1. an informal or schoolchild's word for food, esp cakes and sweets
  2. (as modifier): a tuck box
a position of the body in certain dives in which the legs are bent with the knees drawn up against the chest and tightly clasped
See also tuck away, tuck in
Word Origin
C14: from Old English tūcian to torment; related to Middle Dutch tucken to tug, Old High German zucchen to twitch


(archaic) a rapier
Word Origin
C16: from French estoc sword, from Old French: tree trunk, sword, of Germanic origin


a touch, blow, or stroke
(transitive) to touch or strike
(intransitive) to throb or bump
Word Origin
C16: from Middle English tukken to beat a drum, from Old Northern French toquer to touch; compare tucket


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Word Origin and History for tuck away



late 14c., "to pull or gather up," earlier "to pluck, stretch" (late 13c., implied in tucker), probably from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch tucken "pull up, draw up, tug" (cognate with Old English tucian "mistreat, torment," and related to Old English togian "to pull," German zucken; see tow). Sense of "thrust into a snug place" is first recorded 1580s. Slang meaning "to consume, swallow" is recorded from 1784. The noun is first attested late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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nip and tuck

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with tuck away

tuck away

Eat heartily, as in He tucked away an enormous steak. [ ; mid-1800s ]
Also see: tuck into
Hide, put in storage, as in She had several hundred dollars tucked away. [ c. 1900 ]
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