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Topic: OTHER SPORTS

Date: 1800-1900
Origin: scrummage 'scrum' (19-21 centuries), from scrimmage

scrum

noun
     
scrum
1 [countable]DSO a part of a game of rugby when the players all push together in a circle, with their heads down, and try to get the ball
2 [singular] British English informal a crowd of people who are all close together and pushing each other to try to get something:
He struggled through the scrum of people to the kitchen.
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