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buck up

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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

buck up

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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

buck up

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.
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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.

buck up

v.
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.
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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.

buck up

in. to cheer up; to perk up. Come on, now, buck up. Things can’t be all that bad.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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