It is amazing that he has never buckled after so many years of doing such urgent work.
In single combat thou shalt buckle with me.
An example of buckle is closing and tightening a pair of Mary Jane shoes.
An example of buckle is a public official changing their course of action based on public opinion; he buckles under the public pressure.
An example of a buckle is the metal ring that a belt gets hooked through in order to attach the belt together.
My knees buckled with fear.
Finally buckled under the excessive demands of the job.
- to apply oneself energetically; set to work with effort
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of buckle
- Middle English bokel from Old French boucle from Latin buccula cheek strap of a helmet diminutive of bucca cheek
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From a frequentative form of buck (“to bend, buckle”), of Dutch Low Saxon or German Low German origin, related to Dutch bukken (“to stoop, bend, yield, submit”), German bücken (“to stoop, bend”), Swedish bocka (“to buck, bow”), equivalent to buck + -le. Compare Middle Dutch buchelen (“to strive, tug under a load”), German dialectal aufbückeln (“to raise or arch the back”).
- Verb: bokelen "to arch the body," from Middle French boucler (“to bulge”), from Old French bocler (“to bulge, curl”), from bocle (“boss of a shield”).