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buck

Definitions

  • Eel-bucks
    Eel-bucks
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v buck jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched "the yung filly bucked"
    • v buck move quickly and violently "The car tore down the street","He came charging into my office"
    • v buck resist "buck the trend"
    • v buck to strive with determination "John is bucking for a promotion"
    • n buck mature male of various mammals (especially deer or antelope)
    • n buck a framework for holding wood that is being sawed
    • n buck a gymnastic horse without pommels and with one end elongated; used lengthwise for vaulting
    • n Buck United States author whose novels drew on her experiences as a missionary in China (1892-1973)
    • n buck a piece of paper money worth one dollar
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Male rabbits are called "bucks," females are "does."
    • n Buck A frame on which firewood is sawed; a sawhorse; a sawbuck.
    • Buck A gay, dashing young fellow; a fop; a dandy. "The leading bucks of the day."
    • Buck A male Indian or negro.
    • Buck Lye or suds in which cloth is soaked in the operation of bleaching, or in which clothes are washed.
    • n Buck The beech tree.
    • Buck The cloth or clothes soaked or washed.
    • Buck The male of deer, especially fallow deer and antelopes, or of goats, sheep, hares, and rabbits.
    • Buck (Mining) To break up or pulverize, as ores.
    • Buck To copulate, as bucks and does.
    • Buck To soak, steep, or boil, in lye or suds; -- a process in bleaching.
    • Buck To spring with quick plunging leaps, descending with the fore legs rigid and the head held as low down as possible; -- said of a vicious horse or mule.
    • Buck (Mil) To subject to a mode of punishment which consists in tying the wrists together, passing the arms over the bent knees, and putting a stick across the arms and in the angle formed by the knees.
    • Buck To throw by bucking. See Buck v. i., 2. "The brute that he was riding had nearly bucked him out of the saddle."
    • Buck To wash (clothes) in lye or suds, or, in later usage, by beating them on stones in running water.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n buck A he-goat.
    • n buck The male of the deer, the antelope, the rabbit, or the hare: often used specifically of the male of the fallow-deer; a roebuck.
    • n buck A gay or fashionable man; a fop; a blood; a dandy.
    • n buck A male Indian.
    • n buck A male negro.
    • n buck The mark of a cuckold.
    • buck To copulate, as bucks and does.
    • buck To butt: a sense referred also to buck 4 (which see).
    • buck To bend; buckle.
    • buck To spring lightly.
    • buck To make a violent effort to throw off a rider or pack, by means of rapid plunging jumps performed by springing into the air, arching the back, and coming down with the fore legs perfectly stiff, the head being commonly held as low as possible: said of a horse or a mule.
    • buck To “kick”; make obstinate resistance or objection: as, to buck at improvements.
    • buck To punish by tying the wrists together, passing the arms over the bent knees, and putting a stick across the arms and in the angle formed by the knees.
    • buck To throw, or attempt to throw (a rider), by bucking: as, the bronco bucked him off.
    • n buck A violent effort of a horse or mule to rid itself of its rider or burden; the act of bucking.
    • buck To soak or steep (clothes) in lye, as in bleaching; wash in lye or suds; clean by washing and beating with a bat.
    • n buck Lye in which clothes are soaked in the operation of bleaching; the liquor in which clothes are washed.
    • n buck The cloth or clothes soaked or washed in lye or suds; a wash.
    • buck To beat.
    • buck In mining and ore-dressing, to break into small pieces for jigging. The tool with which this is done is called a bucking-iron, and the support on which the ore is placed to be thus treated a bucking-plate.
    • buck To push; thrust.
    • buck To strike with the head; butt.
    • n buck The breast.
    • n buck The body of a wagon.
    • n buck A frame. Specifically— A frame composed of two X-shaped ends joined at the middle by a.bar, on which to saw wood for fuel. Also called sawbuck and sawhorse.
    • n buck The beech: a dialectal word used in literary English only in the compounds buck-mast and buckwheat; also in dialectal buck-log.
    • n buck An earthenware pot made of clay found in some parts of British Guiana. Also called buckpot.
    • buck To make a noise in swallowing; gulp.
    • n buck A hollow sound which a stone makes when thrown into the water from a height.
    • n buck A kind of minute fungus (as supposed) infesting ill-kept dairies.
    • n buck The spittle-fly.
    • buck To saw (felled trees) into logs.
    • buck To bring or carry: as, to buck water or wood.
    • buck To cut to a proper shape for a barrel-stave.
    • buck To attempt to control (a bucking or obstreperous beast or a difficult affair or proposition): used only in the phrase to buck the tiger. See to fight the tiger, under fight.
    • n buck In poker, any article placed in the pool with the chips, to be taken down by the winner, indicating that when he deals it shall be a jack-pot. In straight poker, since the winner of the pool always deals, the buck is passed round to mark whose turn it is to ante for all the players.
    • buck In football, to charge into (the line of opponents) with the ball.
    • n buck An apparatus used in the northwestern United States for gathering hay from the swath and transferring it directly to the foot of the stack. It consists of a coarse rake or cradle with horizontal teeth, supported at the two ends by wheels and propelled by horses at the rear. A drag-buck used on rougher ground is similar but without the wheels. The hay is elevated by means of a slide (see slide).
    • buck To cut (wood) with a bucksaw.
    • n buck A dollar.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Buck buk the male of the deer, goat, hare, and rabbit—often used specifically of the male of the fallow-deer: a dashing young fellow
    • adj Buck made of the skin of a buck
    • v.t Buck buk to soak or steep in lye, a process in bleaching
    • n Buck lye in which clothes are bleached
    • v.i Buck (U.S.) to make obstinate resistance to any improvements
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Quotations

  • Napoleon Hill
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    “The best job goes to the person who can get it done without passing the buck or coming back with excuses.”
  • Raymond Chandler
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    “Such is the brutalization of commercial ethics in this country that no one can feel anything more delicate than the velvet touch of a soft buck.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The difference between an itch and an allergy is about one hundred bucks.”
  • Tom Brokaw
    Tom Brokaw
    “It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference.”
  • Rupert Murdoch
    Rupert Murdoch
    “The buck stops with the guy who signs the checks.”
  • Harry S Truman
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    “The buck stops here.”

Idioms

Big bucks - If someone is making big bucks, they are making a lot of money.
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Buck stops here - The buck stops here is used to say that this is the point where responsibility lies or the person who is responsible.
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Get back on the horse that bucked you - When you start drinking again after being hungover from drinking the previous night.
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More bang for your buck - (USA) Something that will give you more bang for your buck will deliver more value than any other option.
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Pass the buck - If you pass the buck, you avoid taking responsibility by saying that someone else is responsible.
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Quick buck - If you make some money easily, you make a quick buck.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. buk, bucke, AS. bucca, bua, he-goat; akin to D. bok, OHG. pocch, G. bock, Ir. boc, W. bwch, Corn. byk,; cf. Zend būza, Skr. bukka,. √256. Cf. Butcher (n.)

Usage

In literature:

They were now at the summit of Buck Mountain, but dense juniper thickets hid from them any extended view.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
As for this fellow," glaring at Buck, "I'll settle with him at another time.
"The Radio Boys at the Sending Station" by Allen Chapman
It was a general saying in Smyrna Corner that a Buck didn't think he was getting old until after he had turned ninety.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905" by Various
The buck and the doe had to live on hemlock twigs till they grew thin and poor.
"Forest Neighbors" by William Davenport Hulbert
The Mexican crept to his sawed-off shotgun loaded with buck-shot.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
They were all bucks, and eager to be led upon the warpath.
"The Young Ranchers" by Edward S. Ellis
He had no plan, but his instinct impelled him to closely watch Buck Olney.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
The Bucks live in a little place this side of Buck Hill.
"The Comings of Cousin Ann" by Emma Speed Sampson
Come to think of it, I got ninety bucks myse'f.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
You can't tackle, you can't interfere, you can't kick, you can't buck the line.
"Bert Wilson on the Gridiron" by J. W. Duffield
Buck stared; Rasba did not look at even his shoes; Buck caught his breath.
"The River Prophet" by Raymond S. Spears
Not even Buck Courtrey himself.
"Tharon of Lost Valley" by Vingie E. Roe
Down the other slope of the hill, where the buck could not see him, Coxen hurried at a run, and gained the cover of the thick woods.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
She had married Slim Buck.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
William Buck, who had joined us as partner for the expedition, was a man six years my senior.
"Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail" by Ezra Meeker
Summoning his waning strength, he looked hard at Bucks.
"Whispering Smith" by Frank H. Spearman
Oh, Buck, Buck, you don't know what you are saying.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
The outgoing Eastern passenger train now pulled up to the platform and Bucks was kept busy for some time selling tickets.
"The Mountain Divide" by Frank H. Spearman
It was absolutely impossible, and an act of sheer suicide, to buck that packed throng.
"Dave Dawson at Dunkirk" by Robert Sydney Bowen
We'll make a corral of some chairs and I'll be a bucking bronco.
"The Curlytops at Uncle Frank's Ranch" by Howard R. Garis
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In poetry:

War is on, the paper says,
Wounds and enemies;
Now young gallivanting bucks
Will know what trouble is.
"Under The Locusts" by John Crowe Ransom
And long before high noon they had
A hundred fat bucks slain.
Then having dined, the drivers went
To rouse the deer again.
"Chevy Chase" by Henry Morley
You are my candidate, dear Buck,
And I your jolly pal;
You need not doubt your Hiland's pluck,
It's cheek by jowl with mal.
"Hiland-Buckingham" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
The hound had chas'd a noble buck
Right down into the lake,
But roll'd the waves so high and strong,
The noble beast did quake
"The Huntsman And His Hound" by Thomas Frederick Young
Swaggering over the stones,
These shabby bucks did walk;
And I went and followed those seedy ones,
And listened to their talk.
"The Speculators" by William Makepeace Thackeray
"Spare neither Injun buck nor squaw,
But smite them hide and hair!
Spare neither sex nor age nor size,
And no condition spare!"
"The Delectable Ballad Of The Waller Lot" by Eugene Field

In news:

Trevor Booker climbed Milwaukee Bucks center Samuel Dalembert for a putback slammed, then stared over at his bench, where his teammates hooted and hollered.
Little Crustacean, Big Bucks.
Joan Juliet Buck's muddled mea culpa over Asma al-Assad profile.
Adam Fuss has made a career out of bucking photographic trends.
"I'm kinda on rock 'n' roll probation," says Davit Buck, of semi-defunct San Diego band the Homeless Sexuals, which at press time was scheduled to reunite its 2005 lineup on April 23 at the Ruby Room in Hillcrest.
Passing the buck to secure second term.
Fichtner's idea bucks bureacratic waste.
(Video): Delta Decoy fools 4 Bucks.
A listener emailed to tell me that they had a buck contest at his workplace, and of the 50 hunters who were in, ONE got a buck, and that was a six-pointer.
Bucks, Montco ready for Sandy By DANNY ADLER Staff writer PhillyBurbs.com.
Bus crash in Newtown, Bucks County.
Two adults were injured when a school bus crashed into a delivery truck in Bucks County.
Joanna was born October 4, 1964 in Harlan, KY to the late Ralph "Buck" Frith and Arbutis Frith.
Alabama's Big Buck Project is Delusional —Maybe Dangerous.
Nalin D Patel, 62, of Newtown, Bucks County, a dentist with offices in Langhorne and Fairless Hills, died Monday, Oct 8, of a blood infection at St Mary Medical Center.
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In science:

Generalizations of the conjecture to general k, m, n have been proposed by Linusson and W¨astlund and by Buck, Chan and Robbins, who also consider more general rates aij .
Exact expectations for random graphs and assignments
Buck found a bound expressed in terms of ρ for the number of words in CP t(G) that reduce to 1.
Words Maps and Spectra of Random Graph Lifts
It includes bucking solenoids to remove the unwanted longitudinal solenoid field tails and a set of skew quadrupoles, dipole correctors and ante-solenoids to cancel all linear perturbations to the optics.
Status of the Super-B factory Design
Roukes, 1996, “Fabrication of high frequency nanometer scale mechanical resonators from buck Si crystals,” Appl.
Hybrid quantum circuits: Superconducting circuits interacting with other quantum systems
More importantly, it really only passes the buck.
Simple models of evolution and extinction
Individual Processes and Nuclides At the still more detailed level of particular elements, nuclides, and processes, there is a near anti-correlation between abundances and numbers of papers, but we will attempt to buck the trend and start with common stuff.
Astrophysics in 2006
On the other hand, there are some papers, albeit only a small fraction, that buck the trend and attract significantly more citations than theory predicts despite having relatively late publication dates.
The first-mover advantage in scientific publication
And even in cases where the first-mover effect is strong, a small number of later papers do seem buck the trend and attract significant attention in defiance of predictions.
The first-mover advantage in scientific publication
Bang for Your Buck: Rejection Rates and Impact Factors in Ecological Journals.
Accelerating the pace of discovery by changing the peer review algorithm
U.S. and India origins . Reported worker ages range from teenagers to senior citizens, with education levels ranging from high school to doctoral degrees. Some workers depend on income from mTurk for a living, while many just earn a few extra bucks while passing the time .
Crowdsourcing for Usability Testing
Lett. B 680 263 Buck M, Fairbairn M and Sakellariadou M 2010 Inflation in models with Conformally Coupled Scalar fields: An application to the Noncommutative Spectral Action Phys.
Highlights of Noncommutative Spectral Geometry
Fang, “Sampled-data poles and zeros of buck and boost converters,” in Proc.
Comments on "Bifurcations in DC-DC Switching Converters: Review of Methods and Applications"
Sampled-data and harmonic balance analyses of average current-mode controlled buck converter,” submitted to International Journal of Circuit Theory and Applications on Aug. 9, 2010, also available as arXiv:1202.4537v1 [cs.
Comments on "Bifurcations in DC-DC Switching Converters: Review of Methods and Applications"
Buck. • Inclusive B meson decays were considered by Y.
The VIIth Blois Workshop: Theory Summary and Factorization Issues
Buck, Operator algebras and dual spaces, Proc.
Functional analytic background for a theory of infinite-dimensional reductive Lie groups
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