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) A rapidly moving throng or mob; a pack of people actively engaged in something.
Dandolo was constantly in the ditch, sometimes lying with his side against the bank, and had now been so hustled and driven that, had he been on the other side, he would have had no breath left to carry his rider, even in the of the hunt.
" Anthony Trollope, Phineas Redux,
) The situation formed when a runner is brought to ground and one or more members of each side are enagaged above the ball, trying to win possession of it; a loose scrum.
context, football, Australia
) Contesting a bounce or ball up; used appositionally in "ruck contest". Rucks also used collectively either of ruckmen or of ruckmen and ruck rovers, and occasionally used in place of "followers" (including rovers too).
) A fight, a scuffle.
At last, out of the ruck rose Verman, disfigured and maniacal. With a wild eye he looked about him for his trusty rake; but Penrod, in horror, had long since thrown the rake out into the yard. Naturally, it had not seemed necessary to remove the lawn-mower. The frantic eye of Verman fell upon the lawnmower, and instantly he leaped to its handle. Shrilling a wordless war-cry, he charged, propelling the whirling, deafening knives straight upon the prone legs of Rupe Collins.
) The commonplace; the lower social classes.
He is well born." "His being higher in learning and birth than the
ruck o' soldiers
is anything but a proof of his worth. It shows his course to be down'ard."
" Thomas Hardy,
Far from the Madding Crowd.
context, obsolete, transitive
) To act as a ruckman in a stoppage in Australian Rules football.
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