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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 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 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 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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But Fontair buckled down, getting the next three batters to escape unscathed.
I do think the constant injuries took their toll for a while but you have to give him enormous credit for the way he buckled down and fought his way back to form and fitness.
But they buckled down and, after the home keeper had pulled of four quality stops, they bagged a notable victory when sub Ian McVarish swept home a Tom Thacker cross at the far post.
"I'm especially pleased for Brian as he had some troubles over the past couple of years but has buckled down to be an important member of the team.
SAN HERNANDO (4.50) buckled down well to win a maiden at Donny and can beat top weight in his step-up to handicap class in the get-out stakes.
But Northampton buckled down and after Paul Grayson had kicked a penalty they scored two tries in six minutes.
I had brother Richard Bennett (Neil Pearson) down as a real hero in Heaven On Earth (Sun BBC1) when for the sake of his wife and daughter he buckled down to the simple life with a bunch of bible bashers in Wales.
F2 was in the driver's seat in the opening set, holding a 16-12 lead before Petron buckled down to work and forced a deadlock at 23 on a service ace by Aiza Pontillas.
'I could tell by the look on their faces when they first saw me they had never come up against this type of training before but they buckled down - after a bit of encouragement from myself, of course.'
Stoke opened the second set with a determined assault, however, and allthough they buckled down to their task, Riga went down 25-19.
But Morton buckled down, and levelled via Paul McDonald with five minutes left to the break - and just two minutes later skipper Andy Millen was red-carded for a foul on Greig Miller.
But I was delighted with the attitude and the way we buckled down to the task."
The Aces, though, buckled down and scored on back-to-back baskets to take a 103-100 lead with 34.3 seconds left to play after Thoss' free-throw line jumper.
"It's taken a lot of really hard work to pull things round and I have to pay tribute to the players for the way they have buckled down to it.
Richard Hills - who also rode a treble - drove the top-weight to challenge approching the final furlong, and the bay buckled down to pip Faraway Lass by a head.