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[skruhm-ij] /ˈskrʌm ɪdʒ/
noun, verb (used without object), scrummaged, scrummaging.
scrum (defs 1, 3).
Origin of scrummage
perhaps originally a dialectal variant of scrimmage
Related forms
scrummager, noun Unabridged
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  • They seldom go into the scrummage, but must have more coolness than the chargers.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays Thomas Hughes
  • The pain was considerable, and when dragged from the scrummage he was in a half-fainting condition.

  • In the American game there is no scrummage in the English sense, nor is the ball thrown in at right angles after going into touch.

  • How would you like a scrummage, Andy, with them Scotchmen that stole your mother's chickens this morning?

    Horse-Shoe Robinson John Pendleton Kennedy
  • The ball has just fallen again where the two sides are thickest, and they close rapidly around it in a scrummage.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays Thomas Hughes
  • As endless as are boys' characters, so are their ways of facing or not facing a scrummage at football.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays Thomas Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for scrummage


noun, verb
(rugby) another word for scrum
a variant of scrimmage
Derived Forms
scrummager, noun
Word Origin
C19: variant of scrimmage
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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