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Square up   /skwɛr əp/   Listen
Square up

verb
1.
Make square.  Synonym: square.  "Square the wood with a file"
2.
Even up the edges of a stack of paper, in printing.  Synonyms: even up, jog.
3.
Settle conclusively; come to terms.  Synonyms: determine, settle, square off.






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"Square up" Quotes from Famous Books



... the last month I have been getting up at 4.30 A.M., and our evening worship and after conversation was not over till, say, 9 or 9.15 or 9.30, or even, once or twice, till 10 P.M. Then it would take us some time to square up the day's affairs, and spread out my bedding. In the daytime I used to bolt my door, determined on an hour's quiet; but often this was in vain. I would hear some poor cultivator come for medicine; he had a long way to go home, and I ...
— James Gilmour of Mongolia - His diaries, letters, and reports • James Gilmour

... did not know much about the English language, but he had a whole lot more good common sense than I gave him credit for then. It never hurts a boy in the house, you know, who wants to go on the road to go square up and say so. He may get a turn-down, but the boss will like his spunk, and he stands a better show this way than if he dodges back and waits always for the boss to come to him. Many a boy gets out by striking the 'Old Man' to go out. If the ...
— Tales of the Road • Charles N. Crewdson

... him do all the thinking. For a few years they were happy, but they kept getting in debt; he cut down on wages, but kept rents up, and the price of gas and water never went down. If they did not like it they could go somewhere else, and leave some of the furniture to square up, if they were behind in rent, but usually the bookkeeper took it out of the wages. Then they traded at his stores, attended his theater, and he got most all the velvet. They stood it as long as possible, ...
— Peck's Uncle Ike and The Red Headed Boy - 1899 • George W. Peck

... they were going to square up with Dora and with Mrs. Stanhope, and said they would square up with us, too, and in a way we little expected. Grace wrote that Sobber pulled a big roll of bank bills out of his pocket and flourished it in her face. 'Do you see that?' he asked. 'Well, I ...
— The Rover Boys in the Air - From College Campus to the Clouds • Edward Stratemeyer

... never suffered, excepting as previously mentioned. Once, on returning, they had found that some other settlers from fifty miles away had stopped there over night, but this was explained in a note stuck to the eating-table, the "neighbour" offering to "square up" on demand. When the two parties met, Mr. Radbury told the other that the only way he could settle up was by calling again,—which was the usual Texan method of rounding ...
— For the Liberty of Texas • Edward Stratemeyer

... that—though she has always denied it—and, I dare say, he would have been a much better man if she had married him, and I a much worse one. Somehow, I can't help feeling that it wasn't quite just, and that I ought to square up things with Dick at Judgment Day. I shouldn't like to reap any good from his mistakes, poor fellow." He broke off for an instant, lay gazing at the lightwood blaze, and then took up the thread. "He had his fall at last, ...
— The Battle Ground • Ellen Glasgow



Words linked to "Square up" :   clear, conclude, solve, jog, resolve, determine, compromise, shape, square, concert, form, clinch



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