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noun [countable]     buck pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    informal a dollar

    You can get the batteries for a few bucks at any drugstore.

  2. 2


    [plural] American informal money

    More and more bucks are being spent to achieve exactly the same ends.

    See also big bucks
  3. 3
    the male of some animals such as rabbits or deer
    See also doe
  4. 4
    informal old-fashioned a young man
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Harry Truman, who was U.S. president just after World War II, is reported to have had the expression “the buck stops here” as a sign on his desk, suggesting that he would not try to “pass the buck.”


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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