The two men holding winning tickets get bucked up to sergeants.
Yes, Derry bucked up, and in a bright voice began to take command.
When they held up a mail-train they did a fool thing, for they bucked up against Uncle Sam.
For a whole month Francis was a prey to grief, and then, as he himself would have expressed it, he “bucked up.”
Course, now that she's bucked up a bit on her costume she is more or less easy to look at.
I've bucked up against a good many tough propositions, but I'm free to say that he's the toughest.
Pershing and his army have bucked up the French for the moment.
At this the British master "bucked up" wonderfully, but he still watched the Red Cross women with wistful eyes.
I drapped in town today to see if there was any news goin' on, an' I bucked up agin it the first off-start.
Four years of studying and lectures and examinations, and the first time he bucked up against a bit of life he was licked.
"male deer," c.1300, earlier "male goat;" from Old English bucca "male goat," from Proto-Germanic *bukkon (cf. Old Saxon buck, Middle Dutch boc, Dutch bok, Old High German boc, German Bock, Old Norse bokkr), perhaps from a PIE root *bhugo (cf. Avestan buza "buck, goat," Armenian buc "lamb"), but some speculate that it is from a lost pre-Germanic language. Barnhart says Old English buc "male deer," listed in some sources, is a "ghost word or scribal error."
Meaning "dollar" is 1856, American English, perhaps an abbreviation of buckskin, a unit of trade among Indians and Europeans in frontier days, attested in this sense from 1748. Pass the buck is first recorded in the literal sense 1865, American English:
The 'buck' is any inanimate object, usually knife or pencil, which is thrown into a jack pot and temporarily taken by the winner of the pot. Whenever the deal reaches the holder of the 'buck', a new jack pot must be made. [J.W. Keller, "Draw Poker," 1887]Perhaps originally especially a buck-handled knife. The figurative sense of "shift responsibility" is first recorded 1912. Buck private is recorded by 1870s, of uncertain signification.
"sawhorse," 1817, American English, apparently from Dutch bok "trestle."
1848, apparently with a sense of "jump like a buck," from buck (n.1). Related: Bucked; bucking. Buck up "cheer up" is from 1844.
[all senses ultimately fr buck, ''male animal, usually horned''; the semantics are complex: for example, the first sense is said to be fr the fact that a buck deer's skin was more valuable than a female's skin; the other senses have most to do with male behavior of a butting and strutting sort]