verb (used with object), buck·led, buck·ling.
verb (used without object), buck·led, buck·ling.
- buckle down,
- buckle under,
- buckle up,
Origin of buckle
Examples from the Web for buckle
In March 2014, he decided to buckle down, eat better and exercise regularly.College Football Fattens Players Up and Then Abandons Them|Evin Demirel|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He said he will sometimes "buckle" when he thinks of her out of the blue.
"I'm walking down the road and suddenly out of the blue there's an awareness of her – and you know, I buckle," he said.
Yet in Paris she failed to buckle her seat belt in a fleeing car.
In the press they were “furious lesbians” who targeted Buckle “because he was a straight man.”‘Out in the Night’ and the Redemption of the ‘Killer Lesbian Gang'|Nina Strochlic|June 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was buckle to it, and work furiously, and clean up the mess, and then on to the next.Young Hilda at the Wars|Arthur Gleason
“I am afraid not,” she answered, looking down for a moment at the buckle in her waistband.The Missioner|E. Phillips Oppenheim
The Collector, old as he is, will buckle on his toledo in that quarrel.Rob of the Bowl, Vol. I (of 2)|John P. Kennedy
Ay, Maurice, buckle on the sword—the battle-field is before thee.
Dudgeon let go the buckle and took two slow, deliberate steps nearer Durham.The Rider of Waroona|Firth Scott
Word Origin for buckle
"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.