• WordNet 3.6
    • v muck remove muck, clear away muck, as in a mine
    • v muck soil with mud, muck, or mire "The child mucked up his shirt while playing ball in the garden"
    • v muck spread manure, as for fertilization
    • n muck fecal matter of animals
    • n muck any thick, viscous matter
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Muck mŭk Abbreviation of Amuck.
    • Muck Anything filthy or vile.
    • Muck Dung in a moist state; manure.
    • a muck Like muck; mucky; also, used in collecting or distributing muck; as, a muck fork.
    • Muck Money; -- in contempt. "The fatal muck we quarreled for."
    • Muck (Mining) The unwanted material, especially rock or soil, that must be excavated in order to reach the valuable ore; also, the unwanted material after being excavated or crushed by blasting, or after being removed to a waste pile. In the latter sense, also called a muck pile.
    • v. t muck To manure with muck.
    • Muck Vegetable mold mixed with earth, as found in low, damp places and swamps.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n muck Dung in a moist state; a mass of dung and putrefied vegetable matter.
    • n muck Hence Manure in general.
    • n muck A wet, slimy mass; a mess.
    • n muck Money: so called in contempt.
    • muck Resembling muck; mucky; damp.
    • muck To manure.
    • muck To remove muck or manure from.
    • muck To labor very hard; toil.
    • n muck An erroneous form, due to mistaking the adverb amuck for a noun with the indefinite article. See amuck.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Muck muk dung: a mass of decayed vegetable matter: anything low and filthy
    • v.t Muck to manure with muck
    • n Muck a heavy fall in the mire: a coarse, dirty fellow
    • Muck mistaken form of amuck.
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  • Roland Barthes
    “To try to write love is to confront the muck of language: that region of hysteria where language is both too much and too little, excessive and impoverished.”
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    “The men with the muck-rake are often indispensable to the well-being of society, but only if they know when to stop raking the muck.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.”


Muck or nettles - 'Muck or nettles' means 'all or nothing'.
Where there's muck, there's brass - You can make money doing dirty jobs nobody else wants to do. "Where there's muck, there's money" is also used.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. myki,; akin to D. mög,. Cf. Midden


In literature:

Lie low in your native muck.
"The Speaker, No. 5: Volume II, Issue 1" by Various
The muck might be over his head; he might just sink into it.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Weird figures sprang up from the muck, and were shot back to earth.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
Rick's first inkling of the fact came when one foot sank into muck above the shoe top.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
And the road underfoot was all nasty with cow-muck.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
She imagined that lovely body down in the muck of the canal, crawled over by slimy things, and she was sick with horror.
"The Martian Cabal" by Roman Frederick Starzl
You've heaped muck on your uncle's parlour-carpet.
"Rope" by Holworthy Hall
Why do you use your brain to examine this muck?
"The O'Ruddy" by Stephen Crane
Guess I'm a match fer any male muck around these hills.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Dr. Karl Muck 1908-1912.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee

In poetry:

He burned a hole in frozen muck,
He pierced the icy mould,
And there in six-foot dirt he struck
A sack or so of gold.
"The Yukoner" by Robert W Service
Yes, we return: but memory roams
A foul, bleak age of pain that yields
The smoke and flame of ruined homes,
The muck of cannon-pitted fields.
"Transports" by John Le Gay Brereton
"Off! while priests are cutting capers—
Priests of beetles, cats, and tapirs,
Brutes, who would thy beauty truck,
For an inch of yellow muck.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
'Listen, now, verse should be as natural
As the small tuber that feeds on muck
And grows slowly from obtuse soil
To the white flower of immortal beauty.'
"Poetry for Supper" by R S Thomas
Unless they make another match;
And if they do I guess
The champion won't have a scratch,
But Dick will be a mess;
His map will be a muck of gore
As he sprawls on the floor.
"Local Lad" by Robert W Service
It's weel for thee tha's a gronny, lad,--
If it wornt for me tha'd be lost i' muck!
Tha'rt wild, but tha'rt better ner monny, lad,
An aw think 'at tha'll yet bring thi gronny gooid luck.
"Come Thi Ways In" by John Hartley

In news:

For Some, Gridiron The Only Escape From 'Muck City'.
Eckhard Muck, Scholl's company country manager for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
At least 100 vehicles were disabled when the gooey muck coated their tires.
How Jacob Riis went from the muck to muckraker.
The Sun, Times Follow the Subprime Muck .
Muck Bowl and Soul Bowl highlight week of rivalries.
For Some, Gridiron The Only Escape From ' Muck City'.
Gundy says Wes Lunt not muck of a talker.
New plan proposed for Indian River County muck site.
SAYREVILLE — One town's unwanted lake muck is another town's … unwanted lake muck .
A wonderful summer in the muck 2012.07.11.
Nearly a dozen pairs of muck boots have been reported missing from a store in Chapel Hill and Marshall County CrimeStoppers is asking the public to help police solve the crime.
Muck Boots Woody Elite Delivers Performance, New Features.
How to move yourself out of the daily muck .
Obama presses Congress not to ' muck up' growing economy.

In science:

Merkli, M., M¨uck, M., Sigal, I.M., “Instability of Equilibrium States for Coupled Heat Reservoirs at Different Temperatures”, J.
Infinite Products of Random Matrices and Repeated Interaction Dynamics
A. M¨ucke, J.P Rachen, et al., astro-ph/9808279.
Simulation of Cosmogenic Neutrino Spectra with the GZKFast Event Generator
Merkli, M., M¨uck, M., Sigal, I.M., “Instability of Equilibrium States for Coupled Heat Reservoirs at Different Temperatures”, J.
Random repeated interaction quantum systems
Merkli, M., M¨uck, M., Sigal, I.M., “Theory of Non-Equilibrium Stationary Sates as a Theory of Resonances”, to appear in Ann. H.
Random repeated interaction quantum systems
There are both leptonic (Ghisellini & Madau 1996; B¨ottcher & Chiang 2002) and hadronic models (Aharonian 2000; M¨ucke et al. 2003) that explain the photon-production mechanism of the high energy peak.
The Discovery of gamma-Ray Emission From The Blazar RGB J0710+591