Some bison die during the violence of the rut in August; there is intense competition by bears for these rare summer carcasses.
It's no secret that the industry is stuck in a bit of a rut.
This, in another form, is the edifying story of the Sacred Beetle whose pellet has rolled into a rut.
rut they were all accompanied with an ineffable dignity, and an angelic purity.
He is in the English tradition without being in the English rut.
Once he thought Corinne hit a rut that could have been avoided.
They urged him to get out of the rut and fit himself for executive positions with high salaries attached.
You see, I came on the coach as far as Bayport and then we lost a wheel in a rut.
So, boys, be up, and fish up the jemmi-john—I hope it hain't been thumped to bits in the rut.
Prince Arthur could not lift it out of the rut, nor Grandolph either.
"narrow track worn or cut in the ground," 1570s, probably from Middle English route (see route (n.)); though OED finds this "improbable." Metaphoric meaning "narrow, monotonous routine; habitual mode of behavior" first attested 1839.
"annually recurring sexual excitement in animals; animal mating season" (originally of deer), early 15c., from Old French rut, ruit, from Late Latin rutigum (nominative rugitus) "a bellowing," from past participle of Latin rugire "to bellow," from PIE imitative root *reu-. The verb is recorded from early 15c. Related: Rutting.