Definition of scrum
1a or scrummage play \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 scrumb : a usually brief and disorderly struggle or fight : scrape, scuffle
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
Origin and Etymology of scrum
short for scrummage, alteration of scrimmage
First Known Use: 1857
SCRUM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of scrum for English Language Learners
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
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