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 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 The Americans rallied the Danab, who pushed up the road, collecting fleeing Somali National Army and Jubaland Security Forces soldiers, bucking up their courage and turning them around to face al-Shabaab. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "America’s Other Endless War: Battling al-Shabaab in Somalia," 17 Jan. 2019 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

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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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