Definition of scrum
1a or scrummageplay \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
Recent Examples of scrum from the Web
Two days later, in a scrum that resulted in dozens of injuries, he would get grabbed by police, roughed up and robbed, losing his cellphone and his black backpack with his social work notebooks inside.
One pitch set off a benches-clearing scrum on Monday at AT&T Park.
GG Allin, seemingly Elvis’s feces-flinging punk-rock opposite, went from lean Hardcore Punk to Infamous Icon surrounded by a scrum of enablers to … Bloated Junkie Corpse.
Point and Click Down the strip from the frenzied scrum of the CES expo hall, in the relative quiet of a suite on the 31st floor of the Venetian, Neeo CEO Raphael Oberholzer taps through the home screen of his universal remote.
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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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