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noun

nervous excitement of an inexperienced hunter upon the approach of game.
any nervous excitement preceding a new experience.

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Origin of buck fever

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45
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buck fever

noun

nervous excitement felt by inexperienced hunters at the approach of game
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