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2 [buhk]
verb (used without object)
(of a saddle or pack animal) to leap with arched back and come down with head low and forelegs stiff, in order to dislodge a rider or pack.
Informal. to resist or oppose obstinately; object strongly: The mayor bucked at the school board's suggestion.
(of a vehicle, motor, or the like) to operate unevenly; move by jerks and bounces.
verb (used with object)
to throw or attempt to throw (a rider or pack) by bucking.
to force a way through or proceed against (an obstacle): The plane bucked a strong headwind.
to strike with the head; butt.
to resist or oppose obstinately; object strongly to.
Football. (of a ball-carrier) to charge into (the opponent's line).
to gamble, play, or take a risk against: He was bucking the odds when he bought that failing business.
to press a reinforcing device against (the force of a rivet) in order to absorb vibration and increase expansion.
an act of bucking.
Verb phrases
buck for, to strive for a promotion or some other advantage: to buck for a raise.
buck up, to make or become more cheerful, vigorous, etc.: She knew that with a change of scene she would soon buck up.

1855–60; verbal use of buck1, influenced in some senses by buck3

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buck1 (bʌk)
1.  a.  the male of various animals including the goat, hare, kangaroo, rabbit, and reindeer
 b.  (as modifier): a buck antelope
2.  (South African) an antelope or deer of either sex
3.  informal (US) a young man
4.  archaic a robust spirited young man
5.  archaic a dandy; fop
6.  the act of bucking
vb (when intr, often foll by against)
7.  (intr) (of a horse or other animal) to jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched
8.  (tr) (of a horse, etc) to throw (its rider) by bucking
9.  informal chiefly (US), (Canadian) to resist or oppose obstinately: to buck against change; to buck change
10.  informal (tr; usually passive) to cheer or encourage: I was very bucked at passing the exam
11.  informal (US), (Canadian) (esp of a car) to move forward jerkily; jolt
12.  (US), (Canadian) to charge against (something) with the head down; butt
[Old English bucca he-goat; related to Old Norse bukkr, Old High German bock, Old Irish bocc]

buck2 (bʌk)
1.  informal (US), (Canadian), (Austral) a dollar
2.  informal (South African) a rand
3.  a fast buck easily gained money
4.  bang for one's buck See bang
[C19: of obscure origin]

buck3 (bʌk)
1.  gymnastics a type of vaulting horse
2.  (US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): sawhorse a stand for timber during sawing
3.  (US), (Canadian) (tr) to cut (a felled or fallen tree) into lengths
[C19: short for sawbuck]

buck4 (bʌk)
1.  poker a marker in the jackpot to remind the winner of some obligation when his turn comes to deal
2.  informal pass the buck to shift blame or responsibility onto another
3.  informal the buck stops here the ultimate responsibility lies here
[C19: probably from buckhorn knife, placed before a player in poker to indicate that he was the next dealer]

Buck (bʌk)
Pearl S(ydenstricker). 1892--1973, US novelist, noted particularly for her novel of Chinese life The Good Earth (1931): Nobel prize for literature 1938

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Word Origin & History

"male deer," c.1300, earlier "male goat;" from O.E. bucca "male goat," from P.Gmc. *bukkon (cf. M.Du. boc, O.H.G. boc, O.N. bokkr), perhaps from a PIE base *bhugo (cf. Avestan buza "buck, goat," Arm. buc "lamb"), but some speculate that it is from a lost pre-Gmc. language. Barnhart says O.E. buc "male
deer" is a "ghost word or scribal error." Meaning "dollar" is 1856, Amer.Eng., 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 lit. sense 1865, Amer.Eng.:
"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]
The fig. sense of "shift responsibility" is first recorded 1912. Buck private is recorded by 1870s, of uncertain signification.

1848, apparently with a sense of "jump like a buck," from buck (n.1). Buck up "cheer up" is from 1844.

"sawhorse," 1817, Amer.Eng., apparently from Du. bok "trestle."
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Idioms & Phrases

buck for

Strive for, aim for, as in She's bucking for Editor of the Year. Strongly associated with seeking a promotion in the military, this expression originated in the late 1800s and is now applied more widely.

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