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square up

Definition of square up

  1. :  to turn so that one is facing something or someone directly <She squared up (with/to the basket) for a three-point shot.> <They squared up for a fight.>



Word by Word Definitions

squareplay
  1. :  an instrument having at least one right angle and two straight edges used especially to lay out or test right angles

    :  a rectangle with all four sides equal

    :  any of the quadrilateral spaces marked out on a board for playing games

  1. :  having four equal sides and four right angles

    :  forming a right angle

    :  having a square base

  1. :  to make square or rectangular

    :  to test for deviation from a right angle, straight line, or plane surface

    :  to bring approximately to a right angle

  1. :  in a straightforward or honest manner

    :  so as to face or be face-to-face

    :  at right angles

  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


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