to pull up your socks meaning?

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What's the meaning of "to pull up your socks" idiom? Please give me some examples!

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Idiom Scenario 1:


My life is so disorganized.  I can never seem to arrive for work on time.  I can not keep up with all the laundry.  My friends are complaining that I do not spend enough time with them.  My neighbors are complaining that my yard is very messy and that the grass needs to be cut.
"I need to pull up my socks and work a little harder and be more organized!"
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Idiom Definition:


"to pull up your socks"
to improve your performance or behavior because your performance or behavior is not good enough
 
Synonyms:
advance, amend, augment, better, boost, correct, develop, elevate, enhance, gain, increase, lift, mend, progress, promote, raise, rally, recover, rectify, recuperate, revamp, revise, rise, sharpen, update, upgrade
 
 
This person is literally pulling up their sock. - - - - ->  a person wearing blue pants and a green sweater is pulling up a red sock over their calf.




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Idiom Scenario 2:


Bernie is a student in university.   He has been called into his professor's office for a talk about his performance this semester.
Professor:    "Hello Bernie. How are you?"
Bernie:         "Just fine, professor, thank you."
Professor:     "Good.   Listen, the reason I asked you to see me today is that I have been reviewing your work for this semester. You have not been doing well, Bernie. You have not turned in two assignments and your test scores have been low.    Your work is just not up to snuff.  I am worried that you will fail this course."
Bernie:         "Wow!  That's not good, sir.  I will work harder and apply myself.   I will pull up my socks."
Professor:     "Excellent, Bernie.  I am sure that you will be back up to snuff in no time."
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Idiom Usage:

In the imperative:
"Pull up your socks!"

 
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Gerund Form of the Idiom:

Pulling up your socks means getting to work.
 
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Idiom Conjugations:

 
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