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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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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.
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.
Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III expressed confidence in the stability of his Senate leadership, choosing to shrug off rumors of an ouster plot against him just as the chamber buckled down to work at the resumption of the regular session.
After Hunter led off the second inning with a double to deep right-centerfield, Lackey buckled down and struck out Jones, Ford and Morneau to end the threat.
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.
Playing its first game here, Alab scored eight of the game's first 11 points, before Elliot buckled down to work, ending the first half with 21 points.
Ontario Christian made an 11-0 run in the third quarter to cut the lead to 46-37, but Montclair Prep buckled down from that point and never let the Knights get any closer.
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.
But Wendy Semana, Joy Cases and May Pantino buckled down to work.
Canyon went down by three goals in the first 20 minutes but buckled down defensively after the early collapse.
Then he buckled down and started making his free throws and I started leaving him in the game,'' Jackson said.
Residents have buckled down for the storm, after tropical cyclone warning signal no.
Though Zacarias' dedication cannot be challenged, he chose to take advice from those trying to exploit the situation for their own political gains when he should have buckled down and done his job.
A day after Vice President Leni Robredo took oath as the housing czar, Robredo immediately buckled down to work on her first day as the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) chair.
DAVAO CITY -- On the day of his proclamation on Monday as the new President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte buckled down to work as mayor of this city, signing papers and barking orders.