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BUCK, v.2 and adv.

1. v.

(1) “To aim at any object, to push, to butt” (Per. 1825 Jam.2); to batter. Vbl.n. bucking, ppl.adj. bucket. MacTaggart in Gallov. Encycl. (1824) gives buckin, striking. Abd. 1914 13 :
It's a' bucket an' blaudit.
Lnk. c.1779  D. Graham Writings (1883) II. 219:
They . . . took up their residence at this Buckhaven, so called . . . on account of the battle they had with their neighbours at Berwick . . . which was then called bucking one another, but is now named boxing or fighting.

Phr.: to buck and crune, to show great eagerness (for), “supposed to refer to the conduct of the buck, when rutting, in expressing his eagerness for the doe” (Jam.2). See Crune (s.v. Croon, v.2, 1). Dmf. 1825  Jam.2:
Ye needna insist on't, for ye sanna get it, if ye soud buck and crune for't.

(2) (a) To walk to and fro. Also sometimes used as a noun (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 17). Known to Kcb.9 1936; (b) “to walk with a somewhat stately step” (Ib.). (a)   Ib.:
The men buckit aboot the tent-door for an 'oor or twa.
(b) Bnff. 1936 2 :
Francie buckit up an' doon the closs as gin he wiz the laird himsel'.

2. adv. Vigorously, with force. Mry. 1865  W. H. L. Tester Poems 128:
May luck aye gang buck aye Agin the temperance tent.

[O.Sc. buk, to push, incite, ? from buk, a he-goat (D.O.S.T.).]

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