lawyer upintransitive verb
Definition of lawyer up
chiefly US, informal
: to obtain the services of a lawyer especially while being investigated for possible wrongdoing What really spooks the honest, hard-working, likable, routinely successful detectives on “N.Y.P.D. Blue” is the prospect of a suspect “lawyering up.” The detectives cajole and threaten to keep the probable perp from exercising his right to counsel, because once a sharp lawyer appears the client will say nothing and the audience will be deprived of the confession that climaxes so many episodes.— Walter Goodman, New York Times, 23 Feb. 1995 The people at Madoff who had been highly compensated were the ones they were looking at. In the end, most of those people “lawyered up” or fled.— Eleanor Squillari et al., Vanity Fair, June 2009
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