buck fever


: nervous excitement of an inexperienced hunter at the sight of game

Examples of buck fever in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And that’s the irony of buck fever. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, 27 Nov. 2020 He’s developed a system for curing target panic, buck fever, and generally screwing up in high-pressure situations. Scott Einsmann, Outdoor Life, 20 Feb. 2023 Fortunately, over 30 years of hunting experience took over and Smith raised his .257 Roberts before the buck fever set in. Matt Wyatt, ExpressNews.com, 19 Nov. 2020 Big bucks galore, from the Boone and Crockett record book archives Just in case you haven’t been totally consumed by buck fever yet, here’s one last nudge to tip you all the way over the edge. Pj Delhomme, Outdoor Life, 1 Jan. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of buck fever was in 1841

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“Buck fever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buck%20fever. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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