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English definition of “buckle”

buckle

verb (BE DEFEATED)    /ˈbʌk.l̩/
buckle under sth to be defeated by a difficult situation : But these were difficult times and a lesser man would have buckled under the strain .Coping and not copingDealing with things or peopleTolerating and enduring
(Definition of buckle verb (BE DEFEATED) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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