buckling down to tie-up loose ends is key to lightening your mental load.
Some days, she felt as though glaciers were buckling around her and a crevasse yawned beneath her.
As the war in Syria enters its third year, aid groups are buckling under the mounting need for food and medicine.
And yet, a decade into a new century, this old architecture is buckling under the weight of new threats.
Even though PLO diplomats have a history of buckling under pressure at the UN, they are less likely to back down now.
The orderly saddled my horse and after buckling on sword and belt I put my foot in stirrup and proceeded to mount.
Kieran wanted to follow her but his knees were buckling under him.
"On the trenches already," answered Sexwolf, buckling his corslet of hide.
She saw him come out of his tent, in heavy boots, buckling on his belt.
Whilst he was buckling it on again, Don Miguel approached him.
"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)