tuck1 [tʌk] v
[Date: 1400-1500; Origin: tuck 'to stretch cloth over hooks, pull' (13-19 centuries), from Old English tucian 'to treat badly, punish, criticize angrily']
1.) [T always + adverb/preposition]
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 place
tuck sth in
Jack tucked his shirt in.
tuck sth into/under/behind etc sth
She tucked an unruly lock of hair behind her ear.
2.) [T always + adverb/preposition]
to put something into a small space, especially in order to protect, hide, carry, or hold it
tuck sth behind/under/into etc sth
Giles was tucking his pile of books under his arm.
He took the glasses off and tucked them in his pocket.
3.) [T]
to put a ↑tuck (=special fold) in a piece of clothing
tuck away [tuck sth<=>away] phr v
1.) be tucked away
a) if a place is tucked away, it is in a quiet area
The village of Eyam is tucked away behind the hills.
b) if someone or something is tucked away, they are hidden or difficult to find
The envelope was tucked away in her jewel box.
2.) informal to store something, especially money, in a safe place
Every member of the family can now tuck away either £9 or £18 a month in one of these savings plans.
3.) BrE informal to eat a lot of food, usually quickly and with enjoyment
tuck in phr v
1.) tuck sb in
to make a child comfortable in bed by arranging the sheets around them
2.) tuck sth<=>in
to move a part of your body inwards so that it does not stick out so much
Stand up straight and tuck in your tummy.
3.) also tuck into sth
informal to eat something eagerly
The ice creams came and we tucked in.
They tucked into a hearty breakfast of eggs.
tuck up [tuck sb<=>up] phr v
1.) to make someone comfortable in bed by arranging the sheets around them
Dad tucked me up in his and Carrie's bed.
2.) be tucked up in bed informal
to be lying or sitting in bed
I ought to be tucked up in bed now.
tuck 2
tuck2 n
a narrow flat fold of cloth sewn into a piece of clothing for decoration or to give it a special shape
a small medical operation done to make your face or stomach look flatter and younger
a tummy tuck
3.) [U] BrE old-fashioned cakes, sweets etc - used especially by schoolchildren
the school tuck shop

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