buck up

EnglishEdit

InterjectionEdit

buck up!

  1. (idiomatic) Cheer up; take courage; take heart.
  2. (idiomatic, dated) Hurry up; make haste.

VerbEdit

buck up (third-person singular simple present bucks up, present participle bucking up, simple past and past participle bucked up)

  1. (idiomatic, intransitive) To become encouraged, reinvigorated, or cheerful; to summon one's courage or spirits.
    I realized I needed to buck up and tackle the problem head-on.
  2. (idiomatic, transitive) To encourage or refresh; to hearten.
    I knew I had to try and buck up the rest of my team as well.
  3. (idiomatic, intransitive, dated, early 1900's) To dress oneself up smartly; compare (obsolete) buck ("a fop, dandy")
  4. (idiomatic, transitive, colloquial) To pass on to higher authority for resolution. See also pass the buck.
    He started bucking up everything to management when he didn't get a raise.
    He just bucked everything risky up to management.
    Instead of dealing with the customer's complaint himself, he just bucked it up to his boss.

Usage notesEdit

  • In the transitive senses 2, 4 the object may appear before or after the particle. If the object is a pronoun, then it must be before the particle.

TranslationsEdit

Last modified on 18 June 2013, at 00:42