tuck

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Slang

  • noun food. The first version of the word is typical of British public-school vocabulary, the second Australian. Both date from the 19th century and probably derive from the verb to ‘tuck in(to)’, which originally implied the humorous notion of tucking food surreptitiously into oneself or behind one’s clothing.

Sports

  • noun a compact body position, adopted in sports such as diving, with the knees drawn up to the chest, the hands round the shins, and the chin held on the chest
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