buck up


bucked up; bucking up; bucks up

intransitive verb

: to become encouraged : brace up

transitive verb

: to raise the morale of

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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Word History


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First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of buck up was in 1844

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“Buck up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buck%20up. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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