buck up
verb Etymology: 2buck Date: 1844 intransitive verb to become encouraged ; brace up transitive verb 1. improve, smarten 2. to raise the morale of

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  • buck up — {v. phr.}, {informal} To make or become more cheerful; make or become free from discouragement; become more hopeful. * /After the heavy rain, the scoutmaster bucked up the boys by leading them in a song./ * /Tom was disappointed that he didn t… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • buck up — {v. phr.}, {informal} To make or become more cheerful; make or become free from discouragement; become more hopeful. * /After the heavy rain, the scoutmaster bucked up the boys by leading them in a song./ * /Tom was disappointed that he didn t… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • buck up — (someone) to encourage someone to be energetic and positive. I told the kids when they had colds to buck up and tough it out …   New idioms dictionary

  • buck up — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you buck someone up or buck up their spirits, you say or do something to make them more cheerful. [BRIT, INFORMAL] [V n P] Anything anybody said to him to try and buck him up wouldn t sink in... [V P n (not pron)] The aim, it… …   English dictionary

  • buck up — phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms buck up : present tense I/you/we/they buck up he/she/it bucks up present participle bucking up past tense bucked up past participle bucked up 1) informal to try to make someone happier, or to… …   English dictionary

  • buck up — 1. interjection a) Cheer up; take courage; take heart. b) Hurry up; make haste. 2. verb a) To become encouraged, reinvigorated …   Wiktionary

  • buck up — in. 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 …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • buck up — informal don t worry, I ll buck up soon Syn: cheer up, perk up, take heart, pick up, bounce back …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • buck up — be strong, be positive    Buck up, my friend. You will soon be finished with exams …   English idioms

  • buck up — Synonyms and related words: animate, assure, bolster, brace, brace up, brighten up, brisk, brisken, cheer, cheer up, chirk up, console, embolden, encourage, enliven, exhilarate, fortify, fresh up, freshen, freshen up, hearten, inspire, inspirit,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • buck up — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. cheer, comfort, hearten; see encourage 2 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To impart strength and confidence to: cheer (up), encourage, hearten, nerve, perk up. See HELP …   English dictionary for students

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