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"buck" in British English

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bucknoun [C]

uk   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 (= ​earnmoneyeasily and ​quickly)?
  • buck noun [C] (ANIMAL)

(plural buck or bucks) the ​male of some ​animals such as deer and rabbits, or (in ​SouthAfrica) a ​male or ​femaleantelope
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buckverb [I]

uk   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 ​maledeer

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 ​originalideas.
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"buck" in Business English

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bucknoun [C]

uk   us   /bʌk/
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 ​meansbig bucks for the city.
make a quick/fast buck often disapproving to ​earnmoney quickly and easily, especially by doing something ​illegal or dishonest: They're more interested in making a quick buck than helping ​homeownersfind the ​rightloan.
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 ​healthcarereform.
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 ​companypolicy, the buck ​stops here.

buckverb [T]

uk   us   /bʌk/
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 ​corporatelawyer, he bucked the ​trend and went ​non-profit. FINANCE, ECONOMICS to have good ​financialresults 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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