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Buckle Down : Phrases



Meaning:

Apply oneself to hard work.


Origin:

This is a US phrase, although it may well be related to an earlier British phrase 'buckle to', which means much the same thing. That dates back to the early 18th century, for example, from John Arbuthnot's story
John Bull in The Law is a bottomless pit, 1712:


"'Squire South buckled too, to assist his friend Nic."


'Buckle down' is first cited in the American literary/cultural magazine
Atlantic Monthly 1865:


"If he would only buckle down to serious study."


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