But winning football teams just buckle down, slowly take control, and—above all else—fight.
In March 2014, he decided to buckle down, eat better and exercise regularly.
After decades of pushing kids to buckle down and learn more at ever-younger ages, we haven't gotten very far.
Well, there was nothing to do, of course, but to go back and buckle down to work—and to life in the Dale Street flat.
That much accomplished, now he could buckle down for the big fight.
John had now had enough of running away, and was content to stay at home and buckle down to his books.
All the same, when I buckle down to my job, I'm not such a bad hand at it.
Sara is flippant when things are going along all right, but she knows when to buckle down and do what she's asked.
You are not afraid to buckle down to the necessity and keep on trying.
He says I must not be disappointed if I have to come away at any time, and buckle down to hard work.
"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 set seriously to work; put slothful ease behind one (1860s+)
To hit; clobber (1990s+ Teenagers)