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pull up stakes

Definition of pull up stakes

US informal

  1. :  to leave one's job or home <Her career was going nowhere, so she decided it was time to pull up stakes and move to a new town.>



Word by Word Definitions

pullplay
  1. :  to exert force upon so as to cause or tend to cause motion toward the force

    :  to stretch (cooling candy) repeatedly

    :  to strain abnormally

  1. :  the act or an instance of pulling

    :  a draft of liquid

    :  an inhalation of smoke

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

stakeplay stakes
  1. :  a pointed piece of wood or other material driven or to be driven into the ground as a marker or support

    :  a post to which a person is bound for execution by burning

    :  execution by burning at a stake

  1. :  to mark the limits of by or as if by stakes

    :  to tether to a stake

    :  bet, wager


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