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To adopt a positive outlook, attitude, or mood when one is upset or discouraged. Although the phrase is typically used as an imperative, a noun or pronoun can also be used 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. Thanks for trying to buck me up, but I think I just want to be by myself for a while.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
in. to cheer up; to perk up. Come on, now, buck up. Things can’t be all that bad.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.