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  • v. To put forth the needed effort; to focus; become serious; apply oneself (e.g. to work or study).

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  • v. work very hard, like a slave


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  • We know that global competition-not to mention any genuine commitment to the values of equal opportunity and upward mobility-requires us to revamp our educational system from top to bottom, replenish our teaching corps, buckle down on math and science instruction, and rescue inner-city kids from illiteracy.

    The Audacity of Hope

  • You may think I make light of it - being kidnapped and pressed into sea-slavery, but if I've learned anything it's that when you have no choice, you must just buckle down to misfortune … and wait.

    Flashman and the angel of the lord


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