When the earthquake struck, buck Close was driving in a car on the outskirts of Port au Prince.
But House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard “buck” McKeon sees a Taliban hand behind the slaying.
And behind the sleepless Moms will come binders full of freshly scrubbed lawyers looking to turn a buck on the news.
I had buck teeth, frizzy crazy hair, and a style that was bohemian at best, thrift store at worst.
So, is it your sense as presenters that the buck stops way beyond you – is that your sort of view?
buck, more surely than anybody else, he could never forgive.
"Spoils the hoof to put the knife on the sole, buck," said the smith.
"Lucky for him that he beat it before I got my hands on him," said buck.
All of which Andy heard, and he knew that buck Heath intended him to hear them.
buck was staring at the little man in town clothes, over by the window.
"male deer," c.1300, earlier "male goat;" from Old English bucca "male goat," from Proto-Germanic *bukkon (cf. Old Saxon buck, Middle Dutch boc, Dutch bok, Old High German boc, German Bock, Old Norse bokkr), perhaps from a PIE root *bhugo (cf. Avestan buza "buck, goat," Armenian buc "lamb"), but some speculate that it is from a lost pre-Germanic language. Barnhart says Old English buc "male deer," listed in some sources, is a "ghost word or scribal error."
Meaning "dollar" is 1856, American English, perhaps an abbreviation of buckskin, a unit of trade among Indians and Europeans in frontier days, attested in this sense from 1748. Pass the buck is first recorded in the literal sense 1865, American English:
The 'buck' is any inanimate object, usually knife or pencil, which is thrown into a jack pot and temporarily taken by the winner of the pot. Whenever the deal reaches the holder of the 'buck', a new jack pot must be made. [J.W. Keller, "Draw Poker," 1887]Perhaps originally especially a buck-handled knife. The figurative sense of "shift responsibility" is first recorded 1912. Buck private is recorded by 1870s, of uncertain signification.
"sawhorse," 1817, American English, apparently from Dutch bok "trestle."
1848, apparently with a sense of "jump like a buck," from buck (n.1). Related: Bucked; bucking. Buck up "cheer up" is from 1844.
[all senses ultimately fr buck, ''male animal, usually horned''; the semantics are complex: for example, the first sense is said to be fr the fact that a buck deer's skin was more valuable than a female's skin; the other senses have most to do with male behavior of a butting and strutting sort]