tuck

From King Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Clothes
tucktuck1 /tʌk/ ●●○ verb 1 [transitive always + adverb/preposition]PUSH to push something, especially the edge of a piece of cloth or paper, into or behind something so that it looks tidier or stays in placetuck something in Jack tucked his shirt in.tuck something into/under/behind etc something She tucked an unruly lock of hair behind her ear.2 [transitive always + adverb/preposition]PUT to put something into a small space, especially in order to protect, hide, carry, or hold ittuck something behind/under/into etc something Giles was tucking his pile of books under his arm. He took the glasses off and tucked them in his pocket.3 [transitive]DCC to put a tuck (=special fold) in a piece of clothing tuck something ↔ away tuck in tuck somebody ↔ up
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Examples from the Corpus
tuckThe problem if you tuck for too many rows is that the needle just can not hold that many loops of yarn.It was starting to get cold, and she tucked her hands into the pockets of her jeans.The boys were tucked in bed, fast asleep.We were tucking in to our makeshift breakfast when there came a cry from the adjoining cubicle.Here and there a grey farmhouse or cottage was tucked into a hollow.Luch slept quietly on a pallet in the corner, her sore arm bandaged, her baby tucked safe beside her.He tucked the newspaper under his arm and walked on.A few minutes later she pulled back her hands and tucked them between her legs.Gyggle steepled his freckled fingers and tucked them under a tier of the beard.Fluorescent lighting was now tucked up against the high ceilings, throwing down illumination too diffuse to satisfy.
Related topics: Clothes, Hospital
tucktuck2 noun 1 [countable]DCC a narrow flat fold of cloth sewn into a piece of clothing for decoration or to give it a special shape2 [countable]MH a small medical operation done to make your face or stomach look flatter and younger a tummy tuck3 [uncountable] British English old-fashionedFOOD cakes, sweets etc – used especially by schoolchildren the school tuck shop
Examples from the Corpus
tuckExperiment with a range of tuck designs.Kirov the tailor put a last quick tuck in position and stepped back to appraise his workmanship.
Origin tuck1 (1400-1500) tuck to stretch cloth over hooks, pull ((13-19 centuries)), from Old English tucian to treat badly, punish, criticize angrily