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mucking

[muhk-ing] /ˈmʌk ɪŋ/
adjective, adverb, British Slang.
1.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; muck + -ing2

muck

[muhk] /mʌk/
noun
1.
moist farmyard dung, decaying vegetable matter, etc.; manure.
2.
a highly organic, dark or black soil, less than 50 percent combustible, often used as a manure.
3.
mire; mud.
4.
filth, dirt, or slime.
5.
defamatory or sullying remarks.
6.
a state of chaos or confusion:
to make a muck of things.
7.
Chiefly British Informal. something of no value; trash.
8.
(especially in mining) earth, rock, or other useless matter to be removed in order to get out the mineral or other substances sought.
verb (used with object)
9.
to manure.
10.
to make dirty; soil.
11.
to remove muck from (sometimes followed by out).
12.
Informal.
  1. to ruin; bungle (often followed by up).
  2. to put into a state of complete confusion (often followed by up).
Verb phrases
13.
muck about/around, Informal. to idle; waste time; loiter.
Origin
1200-50; Middle English muc, muk < Old Norse myki cow dung
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Examples for mucking
  • Maybe that's part of the big picture too--creating disasters and mucking the recovery.
  • Shutting down the government, or mucking around with the debt ceiling, doesn't help avert a crisis: it is the crisis.
  • Pumping out and mucking out efforts will be evident to the inspectors.
  • Our office bonding day consisted of hauling and cutting buckthorn in the morning and de-mucking the reservoir in the afternoon.
  • Dioramas depict the three main steps of mining: drilling holes to hold explosives, blasting, and mucking out the ore in ore carts.
  • We have been mucking and gutting the houses and sanitizing the houses so far.
  • Several conveyor belt type mucking machines were used to speed the work.
  • Kids, mucking in a lake, slosh over to a different lake and empty out their boots.
  • The time and motion study will record the mucking activities of the production vehicles in the test sections.
  • The mucking cycle will be broken into the various elements that make-up the job.
British Dictionary definitions for mucking

muck

/mʌk/
noun
1.
farmyard dung or decaying vegetable matter
2.
Also called muck soil. an organic soil rich in humus and used as a fertilizer
3.
dirt or filth
4.
earth, rock material, etc, removed during mining excavations
5.
(slang, mainly Brit) rubbish
7.
(slang, mainly Brit) make a muck of, to ruin or spoil
verb (transitive)
8.
to spread manure upon (fields, gardens, etc)
9.
to soil or pollute
10.
(often foll by out) to clear muck from
Word Origin
C13: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse myki dung, Norwegian myk
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Word Origin and History for mucking
muck
mid-13c., "cow dung and vegetable matter spread as manure," from O.N. myki, mykr "cow dung," from P.Gmc. *muk-, *meuk- "soft." Meaning "unclean matter generally" is from c.1300. The verb meaning "to make dirty" is from 1832; in the figurative sense it is from 1886; to muck about "mess around" is from 1856. Muck-sweat first attested 1690s. Related: Mucking.
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Slang definitions & phrases for mucking

muck

noun

high muckety-muck: Always used with big, high, etc: the way some of these big mucks do


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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