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To adopt a positive outlook, attitude, or mood when one is upset or discouraged. Although typically issued as an instruction, the phrase can also be used with a noun or pronoun between "buck" and "up." Buck up, honey—I'm sure the interview didn't go as badly as you think. I tried to buck up my daughter as she fretted over her test scores.
to cheer up; to perk up. Come on, now, buck up. Things can't be all that bad. She began to buck up when I showed her the results of the tests.
buck up (somebody)also buck (somebody) up
to encourage someone to be energetic and positive I told the kids when they had colds to buck up and tough it out.
Cheer up, become encouraged, as in Buck up! We'll soon have it done, or Even the promise of a vacation did not buck her up. This term was first recorded in 1844.
1. To make one's self feel more heartened or ready to confront a problem: I eventually bucked up and started doing something about my financial problems.
2. To make someone feel more heartened or ready to confront a problem: Getting a good grade on the quiz bucked me up for the big test. The football team bucked up the crowd when they scored a touchdown.
in. to cheer up; to perk up. Come on, now, buck up. Things can’t be all that bad.