ruck·us | \ˈrə-kəs also ˈrü- or ˈru̇- \

Definition of ruckus 

: row, disturbance raise a ruckus

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Examples of ruckus in a Sentence

the ruckus left one person with a sprained wrist quit creating such a ruckus—I'm trying to sleep!

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The ruckus has a public obstacle course where fans can drive their own off-road vehicles on, plus Monster Truck exhibitions and various promotional giveaways. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "More than just races: TMS thinks outside the box, so why not A&M-Texas football?," 5 June 2018 Responding officers checked things out and discovered what caused the ruckus: A painting had fallen off the wall. Emily Sweeney,, "The last thing you want to happen at a gas station," 6 Apr. 2018 The government’s position, contrary to Trump’s promises to preserve such popular protections, surprised even the administration’s allies in Congress and kicked up a political ruckus. Amy Goldstein, Washington Post, "Broad health-care coalition opposes administration stance in anti-ACA lawsuit," 14 June 2018 Started at North Carolina but was suspended after a fraternity-house ruckus. Nora Princiotti,, "Scouting the 2018 NFL Draft, position by position," 24 Apr. 2018 His father, Mark, and his younger brother, Ryan, were at home in Irvine, causing such a ruckus that neighbors stopped by to check on them. Greg Bishop,, "A College QB's Suicide. A Family's Search for Answers.," 26 June 2018 Different interest groups, each with their obsessive attachment to a particular tradition associated with the Alamo, take turns stepping forward to raise a ruckus. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Alamo Plaza redesign effort confronts stubborn fear of change," 30 June 2018 So this political ruckus is really about a lingering awareness that voters remain unsatisfied with Mrs. Merkel. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Merkel on the Edge," 18 June 2018 And some lawmakers, mostly Democrats, are raising a ruckus. The Star-telegram Editorial Board, star-telegram, "Separating immigrant children from their parents is inhumane and should end," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of ruckus

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ruckus

probably blend of ruction and rumpus

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Phrases Related to ruckus

raise a ruckus

raise a ruckus/fuss/stink

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The first known use of ruckus was circa 1890

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English Language Learners Definition of ruckus

: a noisy argument, fight, etc.


ruck·us | \ˈrə-kəs \

Kids Definition of ruckus

: a noisy disturbance or quarrel

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evasion of direct action or statement

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