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 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, "Europe’s Vaccine Suspension May Be Driven as Much by Politics as Science," 16 Mar. 2021 Eventually, Amelia and Maggie buck up enough courage to step up and be strong for Meredith and her kids. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, "Grey’s Anatomy Mid-Season Premiere Recap: Another One Bites the Dust," 12 Mar. 2021 The virus demanded the latter and Brown endeavored in her address to buck up Oregonians for the final stretch that is likely to last many more months. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Gov. Kate Brown reflects on ‘relentless’ year, looks ahead in 2021 State of the State address," 21 Jan. 2021 Ryan Berran passed this buck up at point-blank range during the Buckeye State bow season last year. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, "The Biggest Bucks of 2020," 1 Jan. 2021 The educators who make the decision to buck up, mask-up and show-up are going to make our lives recognizable again. Leslie Anne Tarabella, al, "Never fear, the teachers are here," 12 Aug. 2020 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

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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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21 Mar 2021

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“Buck up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buck%20up. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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