buck 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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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 Pence, meanwhile, seemed eager to buck up Moon to take a tougher stance against his northern neighbor. Washington Post, "Pence’s Olympic mission: Countering North Korean propaganda," 9 Feb. 2018 War is nothing like the movies or the patriotic tales that circulate to buck up morale — a lesson that his son can only learn for himself. Guilt and resentment press on him from both generational sides. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "In 'Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue,' the silent pain of war echoes through three generations," 6 Feb. 2018 Lansdale persuaded the army to stop alienating peasants with bloody, heavy-handed tactics, and paired military offensives with political campaigns to divide the communists and buck up trust in the government. The Economist, "Wishful thinkingThe Vietnam war and its legacy," 18 Jan. 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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