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buckle down

1. To anchor or fasten something or someone in place. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "buckle" and "down." Did you buckle the bikes down securely? Can you please buckle down the baby in her highchair?
2. To put forth maximum effort toward something, especially after not having done so. If you want to get a passing grade this semester, you'll really need to buckle down and study hard.
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buckle down (to something)

to settle down to something; to begin to work seriously at something. If you don't buckle down to your job, you'll be fired. You had better buckle down and get busy.
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buckle someone or something down

to attach someone or something down with straps that buckle together. They stopped to buckle the load down again. Did you buckle down the kids?
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buckle down

to do the work you need to do Schools, parents, and students need to buckle down and find ways to reach the new standards.
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buckle down

Set to work, apply oneself with determination, as in All right, we'll buckle down now and study for exams. Originating about 1700 as buckle to, the expression gained currency with the football song "Buckle-Down, Winsocki" (from the Broadway musical comedy Best Foot Forward, 1941). [Mid-1800s]
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buckle down

v.
1. To secure something or someone with straps that fasten together with buckles: Don't forget to buckle down the top of the suitcase before we pack it into the car. We took off our backpacks and buckled them down on the roof of the truck.
2. To apply oneself and start working seriously at something: I've wasted a lot of time, and now I have to buckle down and finish my homework.
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In the past Paul's been unreliable but he's got to buckle down, " warned former boss John Doran, now on the backroom staff at Bootle.
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I went into it full throttle, ready to buckle down and make it all work seamlessly as I always imagined.
The game got loose at times and we needed to buckle down.
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I feel we need probably four wins in our remaining fixtures to ensure we stay in the Premier Division and we must buckle down and make sure that we get them.
Loin is not suggesting you become a total recluse, but you need to buckle down a bit.
But my feeling is that you should grow up and buckle down to being a half-decent husband and father.
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California's energy crisis means that ``everybody's going to have to tighten up and buckle down,'' Nebeker said, but he believes local farmers will be hurt worse by the PUC rates.
But now we have to buckle down again and beat Crewe to begin with and then whoever else in the play-offs to put County back where they belong.