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.’
    • ‘The challenge of understanding the Scottish banter and buckling down to Scottish ways has already begun.’
    • ‘She tries various part-time jobs and finally buckles down to junior college, using her $10,000 yearly caretaker benefit for tuition and childcare.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A team of judges buckled down yesterday to the difficult task of shortlisting nominees in the first category of Gift of Life.’
    • ‘Phil Mellor raised Grange's hopes but Bill Bodycombe and Nigel Jackson buckled down to their task to lead the visitors safely home.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The real task at hand is to enjoy the holidays, then buckle down once again on a realistic set of New Year's resolutions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, those who do set attainable goals, and buckle down and learn to focus, can be models of unwavering dedication.’
    • ‘We've got to keep buckling down and going for it.’
    • ‘‘I was so determined, I just buckled down to it,’ he said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 now that he had had his fun, Astor told himself, he had to buckle down to the task of earning all that bread.’
    • ‘On Saturday they embark on the Smash Hits tour for three weeks before buckling down to rehearsing their Christmas gigs in earnest.’
    • ‘But, she just buckles down and continues to take care of all of us, like she always has.’
    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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