lawyer up


lawyered up; lawyering up; lawyers 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
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

Examples of lawyer up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Twitter, Trump supporters told Starbird to lawyer up. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, 21 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1995, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lawyer up was in 1995

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“Lawyer up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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