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noun [countable] buck pronunciation in British English /bʌk/
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  1. 1
    mainly American informal a dollar
  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 US president just after the Second World War, 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’.


used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …

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the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives

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