• WordNet 3.6
    • n scrum (rugby) the method of beginning play in which the forwards of each team crouch side by side with locked arms; play starts when the ball is thrown in between them and the two sides compete for possession
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In literature:

The referee blew his whistle for a scrum, and a certain try was lost.
"The Gold Bat" by P. G. Wodehouse
I only wonder the whole scrum didn't have it.
"The White Feather" by P. G. Wodehouse
England was pretty short of scrum-halves that year.
"The Adventures of Sally" by P. G. Wodehouse
You ought to see him go through a scrum with half a dozen fellows on his back.
"Bunch Grass" by Horace Annesley Vachell
All day long its devotees "scrummed" and "shoved" for the coveted trophies.
"The Siege of Kimberley" by T. Phelan
He had a big space cleared at one end of the lounge, and organised a Rugby scrum.
"Tell England" by Ernest Raymond
Edwards, a heavy, clumsy scrum-half, was captain of the side; Gordon led the scrum.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
Lord Vignoles shouldered his way through the scrum about the door.
"The Sins of Séverac Bablon" by Sax Rohmer
The progress through the long corridor of the hotel reminded them of a football scrum.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
Perhaps a Rugby scrum would make a better comparison.
"G. K. Chesterton, A Critical Study" by Julius West
There's been a hell of a scrum already to join.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
Ashminster remained on their line and Armstrong, the Elfrey scrum-half, was bringing out the ball.
"Years of Plenty" by Ivor Brown
I bet there'll be a rare old scrum to-night to fetch her hot water, and do those sorts of things.
"Just Gerry" by Christine Chaundler
The scrimmages were the tightest and neatest ever watched, and neither scrum could screw the other a foot.
"Sinister Street, vol. 1" by Compton Mackenzie
Use your feet a bit more in the scrum!
"The Lighter Side of School Life" by Ian Hay
To see him when the scrum was packt, Heave, playing forward, was a sight.
"Reynard the Fox" by John Masefield
Our side returned the kick and the "scrum" formed.
"An American at Oxford" by John Corbin

In news:

For a moment, an emergency room doctor stepped away from the scrum of people working on Rory Staunton, 12, and spoke to his parents.
JetBrains announced the availability of YouTrack 4.0, a new version of its agile project management tool that supports both Scrum and Kanban.
Franks the anchor as scrum goes full steam ahead.
File / The Citizens' Voice Penguins' Keven Veilleux (44) lands a punch to the face of Norfolk's Tim Marks (24) during a scrum last season at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Argentina could be without scrum ace Juan Figallo for Saturday's crunch Guinness Series date with Ireland at the Aviva Stadium (2pm).
Bridgewater 's most anticipated annual event is the SCRUM.
Today there was a mad scrum of reporters at the New York Public Library, and it wasn't to see this guy, Stephen Schwarzman, even though he gave $100 million smackeroos to the stately old bookhouse.
Scrum selection avoided repeat of Milan debacle .
Rookie safety Harrison Smith, whose early success this season was the subject of a post Friday morning, was ejected for shoving aside an official who was trying to remove him from a scrum.
If you are starting to use Scrum, read it.
In the scrum of last night's Independent Marketplace, a gifted chef—who will remain unnamed—discreetly served me an appetizer plate he estimates would cost $1,225 retail.
Scrum at the bar and see and be seen.
Kris Humphries tweeted this photo Wednesday night displaying the scratches he received from his scrum with Rajon Rondo.
Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) October 12, 2012. Who got the better of the Scrum in Scranton .
BATTER UP Last week, like a bullpen trying to get that final out, a scrum of reporters took turns trying to throw one fastball of a question after another at Mayor Sam Katz.

In science:

And, though science is, in some sense, getting a different $5G per year (Nature 440, 127), four missions that were ready to start construction have been sent back to the scrum line to recompete for one new start (Science 311, 1540).
Astrophysics in 2006