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pull up one's socks

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pull up one's socks

verb phrase

To correct one's behavior; look to one's performance; get on the ball: Whittingham was terminated after having failed to pull up his socks enough during six months on probation (1893+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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