\ 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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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 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 Linebacker Zakoby McClain ultimately recovered the ball after a scrum 11 or 12 yards downfield, but before Auburn’s drive could commence, the play went to replay review. Tom Green |, al, "Marlon Davidson: It felt like Auburn had to ‘beat the refs’ and Georgia," 17 Nov. 2019 Met by a scrum of reporters after his speech, Dunleavy briefly answered questions before leaving the convention. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Conciliatory speech by Gov. Dunleavy at AFN punctuated by protests over his budget cuts," 17 Oct. 2019 And yet others were surrounded by scrums of media members. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "After ALDS loss, Twins expect to be better next year," 8 Oct. 2019 Hunter was joined at our scrum by his chief of staff, Joe Kasper, a hyperactive, talkative, former A-10 mechanic who lived on the constant give and take of congressional politics and would later become an assistant Navy secretary under Trump. Matt Farwell, The New Republic, "Duncan Hunter Did Something Right," 6 Dec. 2019 Middleton missed a 15-footer in the lane, but a scrum for a loose rebound ended with Nance saving the ball from going out of bounds -- throwing it right to Bucks guard Pat Connaughton. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 119, Cavaliers 110: Surviving a comeback scare," 29 Nov. 2019 Upright and in a puck scrum along the boards, Hughes was felled when he was caught in the mouth by a skate blade by an upended Sabres player., "Hughes became the first Black-and-Gold player this season to play in his first NHL game.," 4 Nov. 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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12 Jan 2020

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“Scrum.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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