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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Clean out the leaves and other muck from your house gutters.
▪ His hands and fingernails were filthy, his face and legs covered in muck.
▪ I'll just clean the muck off the windscreen and wing mirrors.
▪ But investigators believe the still-lost cockpit recorder either lost its pinger or it has been silenced by being socked in muck.
▪ Eventually some one will emerge from the muck, the rusty mayoral crown askew on a weary head.
▪ He sometimes gets his shoes soiled in trying to stay out of the muck.
▪ Is muck disposed of on a heap at the bottom of a field, or on to a muck trailer in the yard?
▪ Soft as muck! - Half of them have quit already. - Because he only wants the land, see.
▪ Their suggestions and alternatives might just drag your writing deep into the muck of tired language.
▪ What else is there to say about muck, glorious muck?
▪ You'd get your good barley and the muck would go behind the screens.
▪ You can come up and let yourself go - shout about and that and muck about.
▪ To McDonough, a stubby 280-pounder, the charm of elective office was not mucking about with papers and figures.
▪ Blondel then requested the messenger to stop mucking about.
▪ Not now the poor old feller's dead. - Ben, stop mucking about.
▪ They're mostly Northerners, and they don't want to muck about.
▪ The system can be totally operated by spoken commands, eliminating the need for mucking about with rodents or using the keyboard.
▪ Pupils at Kensington infants' school are having a marvellous time just mucking about.
▪ You don't go mucking about with things like that.
▪ I'd been mucking around and none of my mates like that.
▪ Not all managers want their employees mucking around with decisions.
▪ We just muck around in training and have a laugh.
▪ How long will it take if we all muck in?
▪ A filled bath also makes a handy dip for anyone not mucking in properly.
▪ They were, he said, ready to muck in.
▪ Marie, who is single, really enjoys mucking in with the lads.
▪ Each does his own mucking out.
▪ Workers on Monday mucked out basement and main-floor refuse left by the water.
▪ And the old caretaker lives next door, so he feeds them and mucks out.
▪ Mares in stalls make mucking out a large number easier.
▪ I arrived, judging by the noise and the smells, just as they were mucking out the animals.
▪ And in the evening again, feed and muck out.
▪ When I put her in a small paddock while I muck out, she licks the soil for about ten minutes.
▪ The stable was mucked out properly only once a year, in winter.
▪ He was taking no chances on having too many deaths to muck up his statistics.
▪ Her house, she says, is being renovated and it's mucking up her schedule.
▪ She always used to get on to me and tease me and muck up my stuff.
▪ And the old caretaker lives next door, so he feeds them and mucks out.
▪ And, as any football-mad kid knows, there is nothing as embarrassing as mucking about in last season's kit.
▪ Each does his own mucking out.
▪ He was taking no chances on having too many deaths to muck up his statistics.
▪ Her house, she says, is being renovated and it's mucking up her schedule.
▪ How long will it take if we all muck in?
▪ To McDonough, a stubby 280-pounder, the charm of elective office was not mucking about with papers and figures.
▪ You can come up and let yourself go - shout about and that and muck about.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

muck \muck\, a. Like muck; mucky; also, used in collecting or distributing muck; as, a muck fork.


muck \muck\, v. t. To manure with muck.


muck \muck\, v. i. To excavate and remove muck[5]. Often used with out, as, to muck out a round.

. . . Inco is still much more advanced than other mining companies. He says that the LKAB mine in Sweden is the closest rival. He predicts that, by 2008, Inco can reach a new productivity plateau, doubling the current mining productivity from 3,350 tonnes to 6,350 tonnes per person per year. Another aim is to triple the mine cycle rate (the time to drill, blast and muck a round) from one cycle to three complete cycles per 24 hours.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-13c., "cow dung and vegetable matter spread as manure," from a Scandinavian source such as 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.


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.


n. 1 Slimy mud. 2 Soft or slimy manure. 3 dirt; something that makes another thing dirty. 4 Anything filthy or vile. 5 (context obsolete derogatory English) money vb. 1 To shovel muck. 2 To manure with muck. 3 To do a dirty job. 4 (context poker colloquial English) To pass (gloss: give one's cards back to the dealer).

  1. n. any thick messy substance [syn: sludge, slime, goo, gook, guck, gunk, ooze]

  2. fecal matter of animals [syn: droppings, dung]

  1. v. remove muck, clear away muck, as in a mine

  2. spread manure, as for fertilization [syn: manure]

  3. soil with mud, muck, or mire; "The child mucked up his shirt while playing ball in the garden" [syn: mire, mud, muck up]

Muck (soil)

In the terminology of North American agriculture, muck is a soil made up primarily of humus from drained swampland. It is known as black soil in The Fens of eastern England, where it was originally mainly fen and bog. It is used there, as in the United States, for growing specialty crops such as onions, carrots, celery, and potatoes. Holland Marsh, north of Toronto, Ontario, is the site of the Muck Crops Research Station, a part of the University of Guelph.

Muck farming on drained swamps is an important part of agriculture in New York, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Florida, where mostly vegetables are grown. American "muckers" often have roots from the Netherlands or Eastern Europe, where their ancestors practiced a similar type of farming. The soils are deep, dark colored, and friable, often underlain by marl, or marly clay. The muckland of Torrey Farms of Elba, New York, which covers the counties of Orleans, Niagara, and Genesee, is thought to be the largest continuous section of muckland in the world.

Muck farming is controversial, because the drainage of wetlands destroys wildlife habitats and results in a variety of environmental problems. It is unlikely that any more will be created in the United States, because of environmental regulations. It is prone to problems, such as being very light and usually windbreaks must be provided to keep it from blowing away when dry. It also can catch fire and burn underground for months. Oxidation also removes a portion of the soil each year, so it becomes progressively shallower. Some muck land has been reclaimed for wildlife preserves.

Muck (gambling)

Muck in gambling has multiple meanings. In poker, it most often refers to the pile of discarded cards into which players may throw their folded hands, and into which the dealer may place burned cards. It may also refer to the action of throwing a hand into the muck. When a player is folding his hand (face down) without saying anything, in fact the hand is not folded until it reaches the muck (it can be taken back and used if the dealer did not take the hand yet). The practice of mucking cards when discarding helps to ensure that no other player can reliably determine which cards were in the folded hand. In poker, the term may also refer to the action that a player who has not folded may take; he can have his hand "mucked" if another player attempts to discard but one or more cards end up in the live players hand. This is why many players will place a chip or other object on their cards: it helps to prevent errant cards from entering their hand. Sometimes they are referred to as card covers, card guards or card protector.

Mucking or hand mucking may also refer to a form of sleight of hand, and, if used in a card game, is cheating. A player conceals a card through sleight of hand, removing it from play so that it may later be inserted back into the game to the cheater's advantage. For example, in blackjack a cheating player might remove an ace from the table to use the next time he is dealt a ten to make a blackjack.

Muck (film)

Muck is a 2015 supernatural horror film and the directorial debut of Steve Wolsh, who also wrote and produced the film. It had its world premiere on February 26, 2015 at The Playboy Mansion and received a limited theatrical release on March 13 of the same year, followed by a video on demand release on March 17. It stars Lachlan Buchanan, Playboy Playmate of the Year 2012 Jaclyn Swedberg, Stephanie Danielson, YouTube star Lauren Francesca, and Kane Hodder. Funding for Muck was partially raised through a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised $266,325.

Muck is the first film in a trilogy and will be followed by Muck: Feast of Saint Patrick, which will serve as a prequel to the events in the 2015 film.

Usage examples of "muck".

All the obscenity and salacious infamy spawned in the muck of the abysmal pits of life seemed to drown her in seas of cosmic filth.

All the obscenity and salacious infamy spawned in the muck of the abysmal pits of Life seemed to drown her in seas of cosmic filth.

She carefully leaned over the edge and lowered the wires into the ammoniated muck in the bottom, pressing the wires and spray can deep into it.

Mounted on top of the caisson was a 5-ton Wilson crane, which would reach each shaft and also the muck cars standing on tracks on the ground level beside the caissons.

After a thousand years of keeping the Clachan Fala safe, she would be the one to muck it all up.

This dating technique is called dendrochronology, and Giddings decided to apply it to his attempt to determine the age of the muck deposits.

Luc felt guilty knowing his loose tongue, or association with that dingbat Sylvie, might have mucked up their case.

He quickened his pace, hopped over the gutter, and waded down the dragging muck in the middle of Rue Douane, keeping clear of the rough shacks and stucco cottages on either side.

Everywhere inside the high barbed-wire fences of this huge enclave, spaced with signs -in German and Polish warning of instant death to trespassers, wildflowers make bright splashes, exept where construction crews are churning the marshy grassland into brown muck and putting up blockhouses.

Muck oozed up into the car window and Farger raised the window just ahead of the slime.

The cobblestone-size rocks were all fuzzed with the yellow-brown muck, and he wondered how he could identify any of the shaggy lumps as a severed head.

It is all very well to try to do old school friends a spot of good, but I could not but feel that in enspousig the cause of a lunkhead capable of mucking things up as Gussie had done, I had taken on a contract almost too big for human consumption.

Gob, that puts the bloody kybosh on it if old sloppy eyes is mucking up the show.

Now, in April, in the spring thaw, the liquidy black muck would be stirring into life after its long winter hibernation.

But all the same, Ruby, drenched, covered with mud, exhausted from plodding through the molasses muck, persevered.