Definition of Buck up

1. Verb. Gain courage.

Exact synonyms: Take Heart
Generic synonyms: Cheer, Embolden, Hearten, Recreate

Definition of Buck up

1. Interjection. (idiomatic) Cheer up; take courage; take heart. ¹

2. Interjection. (idiomatic dated) Hurry up; make haste. ¹

3. Verb. (idiomatic intransitive) To become encouraged, reinvigorated, or cheerful; to summon one's courage or spirits. ¹

4. Verb. (idiomatic transitive) To encourage or refresh; to hearten. ¹

5. Verb. (idiomatic intransitive dated early 1900's) To dress oneself up smartly; compare (''obsolete'') (term buck) ("a fop, dandy") ¹

6. Verb. (idiomatic transitive colloquial) To pass on to higher authority for resolution. See also (term pass the buck). ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Buck Up

buck bean
buck fever
buck for
buck naked
buck off
buck private
buck rabbit
buck rarebit
buck the trend
buck tooth
buck up (current term)
buck wild
buckbean family
bucked for

Literary usage of Buck up

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Publications by English Dialect Society (1890)
"Buck-up [buok-uop-], E. and N., v. to smarten, or dress in a better style than usual. Buck-up-to, v. to make advances of courtship. Bud [buod], conj. but. ..."

2. Folk-tales of Andros Island, Bahamas by Elsie Worthington Clews Parsons (1918)
"Dey buck up wid de sheep. Dey toi' de sheep how it happen. De sheep tol' him dat he couldn' judge it. He went up an' buck up to b'o' Hawk. ..."

3. Claudine the Circus Woman by Timothy J. Quinlan (2000)
"My contemplative leering was interrupted by Pea-head. I felt his slap on my back and looked around as Pea-head shook my hand. "Hey, buck up. ..."

4. The Humane Review (1901)
"buck up, buck up ! It won't last for ever! [Exit Sir C. Windham hastily, having the Warder gaping and grinning by the ..."

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