scrum

noun
\ ˈskrəm How to pronounce scrum (audio) \

Definition of scrum

1a or scrummage \ ˈskrə-​mij How to pronounce scrummage (audio) \ : 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
2a British : madhouse sense 2
b : a usually tightly packed or disorderly crowd : throng

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Other Words from scrum

scrummage intransitive verb

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Examples of scrum in a Sentence

I had to fight my way through the scrum of holiday shoppers at the mall. when the server spilled a drink on a customer, they got into a bit of a scrum before being separated
Recent Examples on the Web That triggered benches to empty and punches to be thrown in what amounted to a rugby scrum. Dave Skretta, BostonGlobe.com, "Watch: Ugly brawl breaks out at end of Kansas State-Kansas basketball game," 22 Jan. 2020 Gordon tried to go for a layup and De Sousa recovered to block his shot and send the freshman sprawling, then stood over Gordon and barked at him — triggering both benches to empty into what amounted to a rugby scrum. Dave Skretta, Houston Chronicle, "Ugly brawl breaks out at end of Kansas State-Kansas game," 22 Jan. 2020 Gordon tried to go for a layup and De Sousa recovered to block his shot and send the freshman sprawling, then stood over Gordon and barked at him — triggering both benches to empty into what amounted to a rugby scrum. oregonlive, "Watch: Wild brawl erupts, punches thrown in fight following Kansas Jayhawks’ win over Kansas State in men’s college basketball game," 21 Jan. 2020 Offenses packed the field tightly, while defenses were constructed to counter just that, turning games into bruising scrums determined by sheer brawn. Jim Chairusmi, WSJ, "Chiefs vs. 49ers: The Super Bowl of Speed," 20 Jan. 2020 In a recent scrum with reporters, James responded to McGregor’s complimentary comments. Nolan King, MMA Junkie, "LeBron James humbled to hear Conor McGregor inspired by his actions," 15 Jan. 2020 Unfortunately, the team wasn't able to narrow down where in the cosmos the stellar scrum took place and missed the characteristic burst of light. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "LIGO Catches a Cosmic Battle Between Two Neutron Stars," 9 Jan. 2020 Compher regained his skates, and a significant scrum ensued. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Kyle Connor’s hat trick lifts Winnipeg to 7-4 victory over the Avalanche," 31 Dec. 2019 Quick fixes like the sprint model and scrum have become commonplace. Alain Sylvain, Quartz at Work, "Is our misguided affair with agility putting speed ahead of good work?," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of scrum

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for scrum

short for scrummage, alteration of scrimmage

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The first known use of scrum was in 1848

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26 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Scrum.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scrum. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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scrum

noun
How to pronounce scrum (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of scrum

: 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

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