Bucking Up
ADScott
Anyone have any ideas about the origin of the phrase: "Bucking Up"
AdSumADS
"To buck up," meaning "to become encouraged," dates to 1844 and stems from the sense of "buck," meaning "to strive for advancement" from 1750. The context of morale was lent to it and is implied and the indicated, upward direction is a bit redundant, serves as emphasis, an internal rhyme of the "U" sound, is elliptical for some thing like "buck [your emotional state] up."
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