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

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
Recent Examples on the Web The best way to find out what happened to Uranus is to buck up and send a mission there. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "How an Ancient Ring System Might've Made Uranus a Bit Tipsy," 16 Mar. 2020 The Tigers bucked up, attacked Wade’s replacement and scored 14 points in the final three minutes of the first half. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Ohio State football’s moment of redemption must wait after a last-second loss to Clemson," 29 Dec. 2019 After bucking up his courage, Joe picked up Jim at his apartment, drove him to their father’s place in Fullerton and knocked on the door, which opened. Gregory Orfalea, Los Angeles Times, "Rick Dempsey found success in baseball, but his boyhood friend and teammate struggled," 9 Oct. 2019 Galifianakis brings with him quirky sidekicks from the station, including his relentlessly upbeat producer Carol (Lauren Lapkus), who tries to buck up everyone's spirits no matter how terribly events unfold. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Between Two Ferns' plants lots of laughs in Netflix movie," 20 Sep. 2019 Will gets asked to dance by a girl and Nancy bucks up Dustin after his classmates reject him. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "What you need to remember before watching 'Stranger Things' Season 3," 2 July 2019 Even so, in June Mario Draghi, the bank’s boss, promised further stimulus if the economy does not buck up. The Economist, "Many think the European Central Bank will cut rates soon," 20 July 2019 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

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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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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 2 Jul. 2020.

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