BUCKLE UP and BUCKLE IN
These two phrasal verbs are similar, and can sometimes be interchanged.
If you are giving someone instructions to fasten their seatbelt, use buckle up.
Buckle in is used for child or infant car seats, because the child sits “inside” the special seat.
What is the Meaning of BUCKLE UP?
buckle s.o. up / buckle up s.o.
Buckle up means to fasten your seat belt in a vehicle
- Everyone has to buckle up. It’s the law.
- Josh, will you please buckle your brother up?
What is the Meaning of BUCKLE IN?
buckle s.o. in / buckle in
Buckle in means to fasten the seat belt so that one is belted into a specific seat
- You must buckle your child in to a child car seat before driving.
- Okay, we’re ready to go. Is everyone buckled in?
- See STORY example of buckled in: It’s against the law in Canada to transport a child in a private vehicle unless the child is buckled in to a car seat.