buck up

bucked up; bucking up; bucks up

Definition of buck up

intransitive verb

: to become encouraged : brace up

transitive verb

2 : to raise the morale of

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Synonyms & Antonyms for buck up


brighten, cheer (up), lighten, look up, perk (up)


darken, sadden

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Examples of buck up in a Sentence

buck up, kids, it's not so bad as you're making it out to be a surprise presidential visit to buck up the troops

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But that was a moment when the United States needed bucking up to say no to a rush to war. Thomas Powers, The New York Review of Books, "The Fog of Ambition," 6 June 2019 But this particular dose of Irish fatalism—things could always be worse, so buck up and smile—always seemed worth remembering. Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, "How to Handle Rejection When You Never Applied," 3 Mar. 2019 The Americans rallied the Danab, who pushed up the road, collecting fleeing Somali National Army and Jubaland Security Forces soldiers, bucking up their courage and turning them around to face al-Shabaab. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "America’s Other Endless War: Battling al-Shabaab in Somalia," 17 Jan. 2019 Perhaps, though, your best option is to buck up and talk to your roommate. Vanessa Marin, Allure, "Ask a Sex Therapist: My Boyfriend's Love of Porn Makes Me Feel Insecure — What Should I Do?," 9 Aug. 2018 Pennsylvania, which has more volunteer fire departments than any other state, has a legislative commission investigating ways of bucking up the ranks of emergency responders. Michaelle Bond, Philly.com, "Fire departments, desperate for volunteers, get creative," 7 May 2018 When the country needed bucking up after World War II, the future Queen Elizabeth II's wedding, in 1947, was broadcast on the radio. Patt Morrison, latimes.com, "After centuries of practice, Britain's royals figure out how to turn a wedding into a global watch party," 17 May 2018 Yuudai bows in sorrow, and Mizuki tells him to buck up and just be more considerate in the future. Mariah Smith, The Cut, "You Need an Emotional Support System to Watch This Episode of Terrace House," 17 Apr. 2018 Arsenal needed to buck up their ideas and find a response. SI.com, "Arsenal Withstands CSKA Moscow Comeback, Reaches Europa League Semifinals," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of buck up

1844, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for buck up

buck entry 2

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The first known use of buck up was in 1844

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