Definition of buckle down in English:

buckle down

phrasal verb

  • Tackle a task with determination.

    ‘they will buckle down to negotiations over the next few months’
    • ‘Charley buckled down, determined to play as hard as ever even if this racquet turned to dust in his hands.’
    • ‘She tries various part-time jobs and finally buckles down to junior college, using her $10,000 yearly caretaker benefit for tuition and childcare.’
    • ‘He soon buckled down to part-time study, gaining his bachelor of commerce degree at the University of Auckland as part of a standard accountancy career.’
    • ‘On Saturday they embark on the Smash Hits tour for three weeks before buckling down to rehearsing their Christmas gigs in earnest.’
    • ‘The real task at hand is to enjoy the holidays, then buckle down once again on a realistic set of New Year's resolutions.’
    • ‘But, she just buckles down and continues to take care of all of us, like she always has.’
    • ‘I've performed quite a few tasks that I didn't necessarily know how to do, or was maybe not exactly physically capable of doing, just by buckling down and figuring it out.’
    • ‘I still have another month left of school - my last Provincial is on the 29th and I'm graduating this year so I really have to buckle down and focus on school.’
    • ‘‘I was so determined, I just buckled down to it,’ he said.’
    • ‘However, those who do set attainable goals, and buckle down and learn to focus, can be models of unwavering dedication.’
    • ‘Her father brings her to Nashville, Tennessee, and under his iron fist she buckles down and lands her first broadcasting job before her 20th birthday.’
    • ‘He's a wealthy lad and could have walked away from it but he's buckled down and all the lads are delighted he's coming good.’
    • ‘A team of judges buckled down yesterday to the difficult task of shortlisting nominees in the first category of Gift of Life.’
    • ‘We've got to keep buckling down and going for it.’
    • ‘But now that he had had his fun, Astor told himself, he had to buckle down to the task of earning all that bread.’
    • ‘I can sit, gazing into space and think about all the things I need to do, act them out in my head, but actually buckling down to do something is out of the question.’
    • ‘But then Saval, with Donal Murphy playing great stuff, buckled down to the task with Fergal McConville and Paul Greenan replying, to leave eight points between the teams.’
    • ‘The challenge of understanding the Scottish banter and buckling down to Scottish ways has already begun.’
    • ‘Phil Mellor raised Grange's hopes but Bill Bodycombe and Nigel Jackson buckled down to their task to lead the visitors safely home.’
    • ‘Simon Mason and Rob Flack buckled down to a steady partnership but both left along with Marcus Wood within nine overs and York found themselves at 90-4 with 22 overs left.’
    get to work, get down to work, set to work, get down to business, roll up one's sleeves, put one's hand to the plough
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