lawyer up

lawyered up; lawyering up; lawyers up

Definition of lawyer up

intransitive verb

chiefly US, informal
: to obtain the services of a lawyer especially while being investigated for possible wrongdoing When Turner Darlington heard about the arrest, he called Finkelman and said, "Time to lawyer up." He gave the name of an African-American woman in Orlando, Tulip Watkins, "who my people tell me is the best criminal lawyer in the state."— Michael Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck

Other Words from lawyer up

lawyered up adjective
They should tell him the only course of action is to show up and tell the truth, come what may. But now he's all lawyered up, so that's not going to happen. He's all but untouchable now. — Christine Brennan

First Known Use of lawyer up

1995, in the meaning defined above

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23 Aug 2022

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“Lawyer up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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