Definition of pull one's socks up in US English:

pull one's socks up

phrase

informal
  • Make an effort to improve one's work, performance, or behavior.

    • ‘There's also no home page so I've got to pull my socks up and get that organised before next Tuesday when I start college and my spare time disappears.’
    • ‘‘The authorities need to pull their socks up and I am hoping that after the election fever which is gripping the Town Hall is over, we can start the ball rolling,’ she says.’
    • ‘Then, and only then, players who begin to skip training sessions when all hope of league success had evaporated, would have to pull their socks up and knuckle down to realistic training throughout the entire season.’
    • ‘County Hall chiefs have promised to pull their socks up after this comprehensive review.’
    • ‘We'll have to pull our socks up and get back to what we know we can do.’
    • ‘This is the seventh year, although we've got to pull our socks up to win the Summer judging and make it seven on a trot.’
    • ‘At one stage the boys were huffing and puffing a bit but when the supporters shouted from the side I knew I had to pull my socks up and give it my all.’
    • ‘I'll do my best to pull my socks up, get my act together, and make up for the lost time.’
    • ‘Now we've finally been appointed it might hit home to one or two that they need to pull their socks up!’
    • ‘A more professional approach to the game has made each member of the side a better fielder, keener to win, no longer prepared to be pushed about by sides that could beat them if they pulled their socks up.’