buck up

verb
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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Examples of buck up in a Sentence

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Recent Examples on the Web But the President's attempt to buck up the national psyche and his own political prospects rang rather hollow. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 11 Feb. 2022 So buck up and develop your strategies and techniques to handle such recluse situations with finesse. Womensmedia, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 Republicans have balked at a provision to buck up IRS tax enforcement in order to help pay for the package, but Senate Democrats are planning to move ahead Wenesday with the first procedural votes on the still-incomplete bill. Joel Mathis, The Week, 20 July 2021 Forward Draymond Green noticed and told him to buck up. New York Times, 4 Nov. 2021 Kristy and Liz buck up and head to the Delaney’s for tea. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 11 Oct. 2021 The veteran reporter David Sirota offers a fairly mind-bending essay on the way that public-pension funds are being used to bankroll billionaires—and to buck up the fossil-fuel industry. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, 21 July 2021 Southie beaches have seen an influx in recent years of twenty-something techies and financial types who sometimes buck up against the sensibilities of patrons with generational roots in the neighborhood. BostonGlobe.com, 21 June 2021 By Tuesday, some governments were already recasting their decisions as a step to buck up confidence in vaccinations — a regrouping, of sorts, of a troubled effort. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of buck up

1844, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for buck up

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“Buck up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buck%20up. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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