buckle down

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1. A clasp for fastening two ends, as of straps or a belt, in which a device attached to one of the ends is fitted or coupled to the other.
2. An ornament that resembles this clasp, such as a metal square on a shoe or hat.
3. An instance of bending, warping, or crumpling; a bend or bulge.
v. buck·led, buck·ling, buck·les
1. To fasten with a buckle.
2. To cause to bend, warp, or crumple.
1. To become fastened with a buckle.
2. To bend, warp, or crumple, as under pressure or heat.
3. To give way; collapse: My knees buckled with fear.
4. To succumb, as to exhaustion or authority; give in: finally buckled under the excessive demands of the job.
Phrasal Verbs:
buckle down
To apply oneself with determination.
buckle up
To use a safety belt, especially in an automobile.

[Middle English bokel, from Old French boucle, from Latin buccula, cheek strap of a helmet, diminutive of bucca, cheek.]

buckle down

(intr, adverb) informal to apply oneself with determination: to buckle down to a job.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.buckle down - work very hard, like a slave
do work, work - be employed; "Is your husband working again?"; "My wife never worked"; "Do you want to work after the age of 60?"; "She never did any work because she inherited a lot of money"; "She works as a waitress to put herself through college"


1. To fall in:
Idiom: give way.
2. To give in from or as if from a gradual loss of strength:
Informal: fold.
phrasal verb
buckle down
To devote (oneself or one's efforts):

w>buckle down

vi (inf)sich dahinterklemmen (inf), → sich dranmachen (inf); to buckle down to a tasksich hinter eine Aufgabe klemmen (inf), → sich an eine Aufgabe machen
References in classic literature ?
If he were to be allowed to withdraw into the privacy of the study and wrap a cold, wet towel about his forehead and buckle down to it, he knew that he could draft an excellent and satisfactory explanation of his presence at Reigelheimer's with the Good Sport.
But the automatic pistol in his belt with its rattling, quick- dealing death, and the automatic, death-defying spirit in the man himself, made them refrain and buckle down to the task of hauling him to safety through the storm.
Buckle down for some drama, but offset the stress with a little MTV Yoga or meditating or both.
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The 44-year-old actor said: "I got my high school diploma recently to teach my kids that they need to buckle down and so they can't say, 'You didn't graduate high school and you are successful so why do I have to go to school?
The government must stand firm and not buckle down in this game of wits.
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They should get back to work and do what the rest of the population is doing, buckle down and see this recession through.
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