American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Sports A play in Rugby in which the two sets of forwards mass together around the ball and, with their heads down, struggle to gain possession of the ball.
- n. Sports The mass or formation of players during such a play.
- n. Chiefly British A disordered or confused situation involving a number of people.
- v. To engage in a scrum.
- n. A tightly-packed and disorderly crowd of people.
- n. Canada Specifically used in the Canadian media to describe a tightly-packed group of reporters surrounding a member of the Canadian House of Commons while in the Parliament Buildings.
- n. (rugby) In rugby union or rugby league, all the forwards joined together in an organised way. Also known as a scrummage.
- n. (rugby) the method of beginning play in which the forwards of each team crouch side by side with locked arms; play starts when the ball is thrown in between them and the two sides compete for possession
- From "scrummage", from "scrimmage" (The Heritage Illustrated Dictionary of the English Language) (Wiktionary)
- Short for scrummage. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Aviva Premiership clubs name an extra front-row player on their bench to help ensure that the scrum is a fair contest should props have to be replaced.”
“` ` The number of times he took the ball away from people in a scrum is an invaluable asset. '”
“This has all culminated in a label scrum, the likes of which have not been seen in years.”
“They are about as accurate as the Premier's comments on the secret bonus cash he called the scrum to discuss in the first place.”
“The formation rugby is famous for is called a scrum, which is where a bound group of players from each team form a tunnel or lane.”
“Every morning, all employees meet for a "scrum" -- a short get-together where they're briefed on company news, do yogalike exercises and then play a quick brain-rousing game that forces them to think on their feet.”
“We have what's called a "scrum," and we just set our objectives for the next twenty-four hours, the next week, or whatever it is, and we gradually developed the thing over time.”
“In the middle of the scrum is my own boy, his face open, laughing.”
“Fox cameras faithfully captured what they kept calling a scrum of reporters, sending nearly no one in the waiting room to their pocket dictionaries.”
“In the middle of that scrum, that is Howard K. Stern, the former companion to Anna Nicole Smith.”
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