But winning football teams just buckle down, slowly take control, and—above all else—fight.
Republicans say they aren't going to buckle on making tough budgetary choices.
The Netanyahu government got Obama to buckle on the settlements freeze.
In March 2014, he decided to buckle down, eat better and exercise regularly.
He resisted the lures of the buckle bunnies who linger late in a rodeo arena, looking to sidle up against the winners.
If the panel is badly fitted or stuck, it may buckle or split, or the frame be split or forced apart at the joints.
And the old soldier burst into tears, when he found he could not buckle it.
“So do I,” agreed Leslie, as a somewhat fresher puff took the brig and caused the spars to buckle still more ominously.
The hook (Fig. 14) is better than a buckle, because it lies flatter and is easier to arrange.
We should wear it as a breastplate, and buckle it on as our armour.
"spiked metal ring for holding a belt, etc., c.1300, bukel, from Old French bocle "boss (of a shield)," then "shield," then by further extension "buckle, metal ring," (12c., Modern French boucle), from Latin buccula "cheek strap of a helmet," in Late Latin "boss of a shield," diminutive of bucca "cheek" (see bouche).
Boucle in the middle ages had the double sense of a "shield's boss" and "a ring"; the last sense has alone survived, and it metaph. developed in the boucle de cheveux, ringlets. [Kitchin]
"distort, warp, bend out of shape" 1520s, bokelen "to arch the body," from Middle French boucler "to bulge," from Old French bocler "to bulge," from bocle "boss of a shield" (see buckle (n.)). Meaning "bend under strong pressure" is from 1590s (figurative from 1640s) . Related: Buckled; buckling.
To hit; clobber (1990s+ Teenagers)