One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A tightly packed crowd of people.‘Harry squeezed through the ruck to order another beer’haystack, rick, hayrick, stook, mow, haymow, barleymowView synonyms
- 1.1the ruck The mass of ordinary people or things.‘education was the key to success, a way out of the ruck’
- ‘When reviewing a career and analysing why someone has been successful, it is normal that you come across a few attributes that make them stand out above the ruck.’
- 1.1the ruck The mass of ordinary people or things.
Middle English (in the sense ‘stack of fuel, heap’): apparently of Scandinavian origin; compare with Norwegian ruke ‘heap of hay’.
1Compress or move (cloth or clothing) so that it forms a number of untidy folds or creases.‘the baby's nightgown was rucked up to his armpits’
scrunch up, wrinkle, crinkle, cockle, crumple, rumple, pucker, corrugate, ruffle, screw up, crease, shrivel, furrow, crimp, gather, draw, tuck, pleatView synonyms
- ‘I twisted to try and knock her hands away and ended up wincing as skin pulled and she pushed me back, rucked my shirt up a bit higher.’
- ‘Their guest made a loud scoffing noise and stood up, violently pushing back his chair so that it rucked up the carpet.’
- 1.1no object (of cloth or clothing) form rucks.‘Eleanor's dress rucked up at the front’
- ‘The dress rucks up under the arms because the back strap has been attached to the wrong part of the dress.’
- ‘The fabric is rucking up a little and not making a graceful curve because I haven't trimmed all the seams inside yet.’
A crease or wrinkle.fold, groove, ridge, furrow, line, pleat, tuck, corrugationView synonyms
Late 18th century (as a noun): from Old Norse hrukka.
A rucksack.‘I barely had time to repack my ruck’
- ‘Members of the unit are required to complete the 10K ruck march with 55 pounds of weight in their rucksack.’
- ‘Everything I will have has been shoved into a ruck and a duffle.’
- ‘Despite multiple layers of plastic bags, everything in my ruck has its dusting of grime.’
- ‘With his back thanking him for removing the ruck, Delgado slowly patrolled past his teammates.’
- ‘This includes a timed run and ruck marches over the hills.’
- ‘Jumping with a ruck attached is just the beginning of the special instruction military free fall school teaches.’
- ‘Cremeans yanked his ‘hoop bivey’ [one-man tent] from his ruck and set it up.’
- ‘Each soldier carried a rifle, along with a ruck, during the training, so the training basically replicated the mission the soldiers would be conducting.’
- ‘Fortunately he had grabbed his ruck before rushing out and he had his cooking pot, but he was still forced to hunt for food.’
- ‘I've got my gear cranked down in a ruck and a duffle.’
A quarrel or fight, especially a brawl involving several people.‘there was a rare old ruck before the police arrived’
disturbance, quarrel, scuffle, brawl, affray, tussle, melee, free-for-all, fight, clash, skirmish, brouhaha, riot, uproar, commotionView synonyms
- ‘The award, a virtual passport to fame and fortune, can usually be relied on to bring out the worst in the male-dominated world of stand-up, including a ruck at the party in the early hours of Sunday when the winner is announced.’
- ‘We experienced that the Germans have a strange tendency to bump into people, which no one seemed to mind, however had this happened in a club back in England, it would certainly have lead to a ruck.’
Engage in a ruck.‘with no money and nothing to do, they started rucking’
1950s: perhaps a shortened form of ruction or ruckus.
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