buckle under

If you buckle under to a person or a situation, you do what they want you to do, even though you do not want to do it.

[V P to n] Protesters accused Wilson of buckling under to right-wing religious groups...

[V P] If he yelled and screamed, my parents buckled under and gave him whatever he wanted.


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  • buckle under — verb consent reluctantly • Syn: ↑yield, ↑give in, ↑succumb, ↑knuckle under • Derivationally related forms: ↑yielding (for: ↑yield) …   Useful english dictionary

  • buckle under — quit, lose, not try, give up    We re losing, but we won t buckle under. We won t quit …   English idioms

  • buckle under — give way, yield …   English contemporary dictionary

  • buckle — buckle1 [buk′əl] n. [ME bokel, a buckle, boss of a shield < OFr bocle < LL bucula, beaver, shield < L buccula, cheek strap of a helmet, dim. of bucca, cheek: see BUCCAL] 1. a clasp on one end of a strap or belt for fastening the other… …   English World dictionary

  • buckle — buck|le1 [ˈbʌkəl] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(bend)¦ 2¦(knees/legs)¦ 3¦(do something you do not want)¦ 4¦(fasten)¦ Phrasal verbs  buckle down  buckle up ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1.) ¦(BEND)¦ [I and T] to become bent or curved because of heat or pressure, or to make something… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • buckle — I n. 1) to fasten a buckle 2) to undo, unfasten a buckle 3) a brass buckle II v. (D; intr.) ( to collapse ) to buckle under (to buckle under severe pressure) * * * [ bʌk(ə)l] unfasten a buckle a brass buckle to fasten a buckle to undo (D; intr.)… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • buckle — I UK [ˈbʌk(ə)l] / US verb Word forms buckle : present tense I/you/we/they buckle he/she/it buckles present participle buckling past tense buckled past participle buckled 1) buckle or buckle up [intransitive/transitive] to fasten a buckle, or to… …   English dictionary

  • buckle — buck|le1 [ bʌkl ] noun count a metal object through which a STRAP is passed to fasten a belt, shoe, bag, etc. buckle buck|le 2 [ bʌkl ] verb 1. ) buckle or buckle up intransitive or transitive to fasten a buckle, or be fastened with a buckle: The …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • buckle — [[t]bʌ̱k(ə)l[/t]] buckles, buckling, buckled 1) N COUNT A buckle is a piece of metal or plastic attached to one end of a belt or strap, which is used to fasten it. He wore a belt with a large brass buckle. 2) VERB When you buckle a belt or strap …   English dictionary

  • buckle — /ˈbʌkəl/ (say bukuhl) noun 1. a clasp consisting of a rectangular or curved rim with one or more movable tongues, used for fastening together two loose ends, as of a belt or strap. 2. any similar contrivance used for such a purpose. 3. an… …   Australian English dictionary

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