Definition of buckle to in English:

buckle to

phrasal verb

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  • Make a determined effort.

    • ‘Conditions for seam and swing could not have been more favourable when Kent resumed on two without loss on the final morning in their quest to reach a 230 target, but after early resistance they soon buckled to 33 for six.’
    • ‘But since the coach demanded muscularity in the maul, the Scottish back row buckled to the job and one, two or all three of them was involved in almost every maul.’
    • ‘You could write horror stories about such a childhood; instead she writes about survivors, women who buckle to and take charge.’
    make a start, begin, make a beginning, take the first step, lay the first stone, make the first move, get going, go ahead, set things moving, take something forward, buckle down, turn to, put one's shoulder to the wheel, put one's hand to the plough, get the ball rolling, set the ball rolling, start the ball rolling
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