Muck



[muhk] /mʌk/

noun
1.
moist farmyard dung, decaying vegetable matter, etc.; manure.
2.
a highly organic, dark or black soil, less than 50 percent combustible, often used as a manure.
3.
mire; mud.
4.
filth, dirt, or slime.
5.
defamatory or sullying remarks.
6.
a state of chaos or confusion:
to make a muck of things.
7.
Chiefly British Informal. something of no value; trash.
8.
(especially in mining) earth, rock, or other useless matter to be removed in order to get out the mineral or other substances sought.
verb (used with object)
9.
to manure.
10.
to make dirty; soil.
11.
to remove muck from (sometimes followed by out).
12.
Informal.

Verb phrases
13.
muck about/around, Informal. to idle; waste time; loiter.
/mʌk/
noun
1.
farmyard dung or decaying vegetable matter
2.
Also called muck soil. an organic soil rich in humus and used as a fertilizer
3.
dirt or filth
4.
earth, rock material, etc, removed during mining excavations
5.
(slang, mainly Brit) rubbish
6.
See Lord Muck, Lady Muck
7.
(slang, mainly Brit) make a muck of, to ruin or spoil
verb (transitive)
8.
to spread manure upon (fields, gardens, etc)
9.
to soil or pollute
10.
(often foll by out) to clear muck from
n.

mid-13c., “cow dung and vegetable matter spread as manure,” from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse myki, mykr “cow dung,” Danish møg, from Proto-Germanic *muk-, *meuk- “soft.” Meaning “unclean matter generally” is from c.1300. Muck-sweat first attested 1690s.
v.

late 14c., “to dig in the ground,” also “to remove manure,” early 15c., “to spread manure, cover with muck,” from muck (n.). Meaning “to make dirty” is from 1832; in the figurative sense, “to make a mess of,” it is from 1886; to muck about “mess around” is from 1856. Related: Mucked; mucking.

noun phrase

A grenade made by pouring gasoline into a bottle, adding a cloth wick, and igniting it

[WWII; fr Vyacheslav Molotov, Soviet premier, used and satirically named by Finnish fighters against the Soviet invasion of 1940]

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