pull (one's) socks up

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pull (one's) socks up

To try to improve one's performance or behavior because it has been not been good enough recently. We expect our writers to contribute about 10–15 articles per week, so you're going to have to pull your socks up if you want to stay a part of this team. The fake article had been in print in the renowned scientific journal for more than a week before its author revealed that he had pulled a fast one when he decided to submit it.
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pull your socks up

BRITISH
If someone tells you to pull your socks up, they want you to improve your behaviour or work. If he wants to continue in the job he'll have to pull his socks up. She was told by the boss to pull her socks up.
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