a. A play in rugby in which the two sets of forwards mass together around the ball and, with their heads down, struggle to gain possession of the ball.
b. The mass or formation of players during such a play.
2. Chiefly British A disordered or confused situation involving a number of people.
intr.v. scrummed, scrum·ming, scrums
To engage in a scrum.
[Short for SCRUMMAGE.]
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