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"buck" in British English

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bucknoun [C]

uk   /bʌk/ us   /bʌk/
  • buck noun [C] (MONEY)

US Australian English plural bucks informal a dollar: Can I borrow a couple of bucks? He charged me 20 bucks for a new hubcap.
Indian English plural bucks informal a rupee
South African English plural bucks informal a rand
plural bucks informal used in a number of expressions about money, usually expressions referring to a lot of money: He earns megabucks (= a lot of money) working for an American bank. So what's the best way to make a fast buck (= earn money easily and quickly)?

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  • buck noun [C] (ANIMAL)

plural buck or bucks the male of some animals such as deer and rabbits, or (in South Africa) a male or female antelope
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buckverb [I]

uk   /bʌk/ us   /bʌk/
(Definition of buck from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"buck" in American English

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bucknoun [C]

us   /bʌk/
  • buck noun [C] (MONEY)

infml a dollar: It cost me ten bucks.
  • buck noun [C] (ANIMAL)

a male deer

buckverb

us   /bʌk/
  • buck verb (JUMP)

[I] (esp. of a horse) to jump into the air with the head down and the back arched: The horse bucked every time he got in the saddle.
  • buck verb (OPPOSE)

[T] to oppose or refuse to go along with something: As a designer, she bucked the trend and succeeded with her own original ideas.
(Definition of buck from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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bucknoun [C]

uk   /bʌk/ us  
US Aus informal MONEY a dollar: You'll save a few extra bucks if you order it online. Can I borrow twenty bucks?
big bucks
informal a large amount of money: Tourism means big bucks for the city.
make a quick/fast buck
often disapproving to earn money quickly and easily, especially by doing something illegal or dishonest: They're more interested in making a quick buck than helping homeowners find the right loan.
pass the buck
to blame someone or make them responsible for a problem that you do not want to deal with: Politicians were criticized for passing the buck on health care reform.
the buck stops here
used to say that you will make important decisions and deal with a problem, and not allow other people to be blamed for it: When it comes to company policy, the buck stops here.

buckverb [T]

uk   /bʌk/ us  
buck the system
to refuse to follow the rules or customs of an organization: Both employees were later fired for trying to buck the system.
buck the trend
to do the opposite of what everyone else is doing: After 25 years as a corporate lawyer, he bucked the trend and went non-profit.
FINANCE, ECONOMICS to have good financial results when other companies, organizations, etc. are having bad ones: EMI managed to buck the trend, closing 80p stronger at 680p.
(Definition of buck from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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