scrum

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scrum

noun \ˈskrəm\

rugby : a way of starting play again in which players from each team come together and try to get control of the ball by pushing against each other and using their feet when the ball is thrown in between them

: the group of players who are involved in a scrum

: a large group of people who are close together in one place

Full Definition of SCRUM

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a or scrum·mage \ˈskrə-mij\ :  a rugby play in which the forwards of each side come together in a tight formation and struggle to gain possession of the ball using their feet when it is tossed in among them; also :  the arrangement of players in a scrum
b :  a usually brief and disorderly struggle or fight :  scrape, scuffle
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a British :  madhouse 2
b :  a usually tightly packed or disorderly crowd :  throng
scrummage intransitive verb

Examples of SCRUM

  1. <I had to fight my way through the scrum of holiday shoppers at the mall.>
  2. <when the server spilled a drink on a customer, they got into a bit of a scrum before being separated>

Origin of SCRUM

short for scrummage, alteration of scrimmage
First Known Use: 1857

Related to SCRUM

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Rhymes with SCRUM

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