Instead, he feared what Bill Kristol might say and buckled under.
President Obama buckled to Brewer and vowed to send 524 guardsmen to the border, but the troops have yet to arrive.
He “buckled” and gave up, and for all intents and purposes refused to re-engage after that.
And then, of course, not even an hour passed before he slithered down to those expectations and buckled.
Corrin buckled first, insisting that Harris sleep on a sofa, then moving out.
It buckled, and strata—Time-sectors—were thrust up to mingle with others.
He buckled on his tools and the carbo-torch, and went down the ladder.
He has buckled hairs and a line on one side and his figure is razed.
The Scotchman buckled on his sword and disappeared into the next room.
At either end was a strap which buckled tightly around the wrist and was locked.
"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)