Pronunciation: (skrum), [key]
—n., v., scrummed, scrum•ming.
1. a Rugby play in which, typically, three members of each team line up opposite one another with a group of two and a group of three players behind them, making an eight-person, three-two-three formation on each side; the ball is then rolled between the opposing front lines, the players of which stand with arms around a teammate's waist, meeting the opponent shoulder to shoulder, and attempt to kick the ball backward to a teammate.
2. Brit.a place or situation of confusion and racket; hubbub.
to engage in a scrum. Also,scrummage (for defs. 1, 3).
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