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What is the real mean of this phrase?

He will have to pull his socks up if he wants to pass the exam.

For learning: English
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    It means: "He will have to work harder if he wants to pass the exam".

    So puedo intentar a expresarlo en español: tendré que trabajar más.

    "To pull his socks up" is a reference to the school uniform that many British schoolchildren wear, and especially young boys who often wear shorts rather than long trousers.

    A good boy will be smart and always have his socks up nice and high. A lazy boy will be less smart, and would probably let his socks fall to his ankles - he has to pull his socks up, smarten up and generally work harder.

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