- a disturbance, quarrel, or row.
Origin of ruction
First recorded in 1815–25; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for ruction
He was very certain that their ruction had only been temporary.The Harbor of Doubt
Spine or conscience, it's all one, once it begins to raise a ruction.The Brentons
Anna Chapin Ray
And when he is hot we wants to keep our eyes peeled for a ruction.
There seems to be a ruction of some sort going on over there.
I'll bet if sis ever finds out about his doin's there'll be a ruction, and—— Hello!Motor Matt's "Century" Run
Stanley R. Matthews
- an uproar; noisy or quarrelsome disturbance
- (plural) a violent and unpleasant row; troublethere'll be ructions when she finds out
C19: perhaps changed from insurrection
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Word Origin and History for ruction
"disturbance," 1825, dialectal or colloquial, of unknown origin. Perhaps from eruption or an altered shortening of insurrection.
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