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buckle up

1. To anchor or fasten something or someone in place. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "buckle" and "up." Are the bikes securely buckled up? Can you please buckle the baby up in her highchair?
2. To anchor or fasten oneself or another in place with a seatbelt, as in a vehicle. A noun can be used between "buckle" and "up" or after "up." Can you buckle the baby up while I put our bags in the trunk? This car is not moving until everyone is buckled up!
3. To bend at the waist. She keeps buckling up and clutching her stomach, so the pain must be pretty bad—let's take her to the doctor.
4. slang Prepare for what is about to happen, such as danger, excitement, trouble, etc. The boss is in a terrible mood today, so buckle up! Buckle up, folks. This game is going down to the wire!
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buckle someone or something up

to attach someone or something securely with straps that buckle together. (This emphasizes the completeness and secureness of the act.) Buckle the children up before we leave. Buckle up your shoes.
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buckle up

 and belt up
to buckle one's seat belt, as in a car or plane. Please buckle up so our flight can begin. I wish you would obey the law and belt up.
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buckle up

Fasten a seat belt, as in All the children must learn to buckle up as soon as they get in a car. This term came into wide use in the second half of the 1900s, when seat belts became mandatory automobile equipment. Earlier they had been used mainly in airplanes.
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buckle up

v.
1. To secure something or someone with straps that fasten together with buckles: Buckle up your shoes. We buckled the baby up in its car seat.
2. To fasten one's seat belt: The first thing I did when I got on the plane was to buckle up.
3. To bend or fold in half at the middle: Everyone buckled up with laughter when they heard my jokes.
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Vehicle seat belts have saved the lives of countless occupants and properly restraining our pets provides them with many of the same benefits: it protects them in case of collision, keeps them from distracting the driver, and prevents them from escaping the vehicle and becoming lost," said Christina Selter, founder of Bark Buckle UP.
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All MFCA member companies currently have a Buckle Up policy and hold safety training sessions and workshops throughout the year that focus on safety belt use, both at work and at home.
Teamster drivers deliver the Buckle Up messages throughout
A primary focus of the weekend's enforcement will be motorists who don't buckle up or fail to secure their children, Helmick said.
Be a role model for children--they are more likely to use seatbelts when trusted adults buckle up.
SAFE KIDS BUCKLE UP is sponsored by the International Union, UAW and the General Motors (GM) Corporation.
The SAFE KIDS BUCKLE UP program provides equipment, training, and funding to coalitions in all fifty states to conduct free inspections and training in the proper installation and use of child safety seats.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is urging drivers to stay alert, be patient and buckle up over the Memorial Day weekend.
Each of us has the right to know -- when we buckle up, or when our children do -- that the buckle will stay buckled.
Thousands of law enforcement agencies across the nation are conducting the first 1999 wave of the Operation ABC Mobilization: America Buckles Up Children -- the largest ever coordinated stepped-up enforcement effort on drivers who don't buckle up children.
Parents who don't buckle up are more likely to improperly place babies in the front seat, leaving them at serious risk of being injured or killed by an air bag.
Buckle Up America Week (May 24-31) culminates on Memorial Day weekend.
Buckle Up America is the national movement to raise seat belt use to 85 percent and reduce child crash fatalities 15 percent by the year 2000.