One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘his belt buckle’
clasp, clip, catch, fastener, fastening, hasp
1‘he buckled the belt round his waist’
fasten, do up, hook, strap, tie, secure, clasp, catch, clip
2‘Harry's front axle buckled’
warp, become warped, make warped, bend, bend out of shape, become bent, make bent, twist, become twisted, make twisted, curve, become curved, make curved, distort, become distorted, make distorted, contort, become contorted, make contorted, become crooked, make crooked, deform, become deformed, make deformed, malform, become malformed, make malformed, misshape, become misshapen, make misshapen, mangle, become mangled, make mangled, develop a fold, develop a kink, develop a wrinkle, bulge, arc, arch, wrinkle
crumple, collapse, cave in, give way
‘I just buckled down and got on with playing as well as I could’
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
work hard, apply oneself, make an effort, strive, be industrious, be diligent, be assiduous, exert oneself, focus
get cracking, get one's finger out, pull one's finger out, get weaving, get off one's backside
get stuck in
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