- a noisy commotion; fracas; rumpus: The losers are sure to raise a ruckus.
- a heated controversy: Newspapers fostered the ruckus by printing the opponents' letters.
Origin of ruckus
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Examples from the Web for ruckus
To hear Ruckus soliloquize is to be a fly on the wall in a country club locker room.Aaron McGruder’s ‘The Boondocks’ Returns Without Aaron McGruder
April 21, 2014
Bratton and his companions followed to make sure the two did not cause a ruckus on the platform.My Patrol With the NYPD’s Bill Bratton
March 14, 2014
Hearing the ruckus, people came running from all over the building.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview
February 16, 2014
Until then, Barack Obama will no longer have Luis Gutiérrez and his allies inside the tent raising a ruckus.The Coming Latino Revolt
December 1, 2010
It was consensual, that is, to all but her boyfriend and his wife, who eventually compared notes and created a ruckus.The Dating Rules at Goldman
September 22, 2010
Say, Squint, your brain wasnt injured in that ruckus, was it?The Ranchman
Charles Alden Seltzer
Now, I hadn't been down that way for about six months, but I had heard of that ruckus.
He figured to start a ruckus, and then git me in the mix-up.
"There seems to be some kind of a ruckus," Mr. Appel remarked as he stood up and leaned out the window.The Dude Wrangler
There was the deuce of a ruckus over there for maybe two minutes, and then back they came—carrying something.A Yankee in the Trenches
R. Derby Holmes
- informal an uproar; ruction
C20: from ruction + rumpus
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Word Origin and History for ruckus
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