shack up


shacked up; shacking up; shacks up

intransitive verb

: to sleep or live together as unmarried sexual partners

Examples of shack up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here, a former prom king and queen who abruptly lost sight of each other in college shack up for professional reasons — and close proximity rekindles dormant sparks. Carole V. Bell, NPR, 5 Mar. 2024 And there is nowhere more fun to shack up with friends than Life House, Palm Springs. Juliet Izon, Glamour, 20 Feb. 2024 Some platonic parents are shacking up together—albeit minus the shared bed—while others live separately and coordinate child care, not unlike separated or divorced parents might, sans the bitterness. Allison Hope, Parents, 4 Feb. 2024 Campers of all ages shack up in rustic cabins with queen or twin beds sans power (for reference, the bathhouses have electricity and hot water), chow down on canteen cuisine, and participate in activities like tennis, hiking, swimming, archery, and campfire singalongs. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 10 Apr. 2022 The luxury high-rise, built by real estate tycoon Joe McMillan’s multidisciplinary construction, design, and investment firm DDG, is also where Jeremy Strong’s character Kendall Roy shacked up in a swanky triplex penthouse in the final season of the HBO series. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 21 Nov. 2023 The movie, about three young women shacking up in a rancid hovel in the French provinces, premiered in Locarno and screened at the Oldenburg film festival in 2010. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Sep. 2023 The couple reportedly shacked up in a humble cottage at the historic Stony Hill Farm in Amagansett, part of which is nowadays owned by Alec and Hilaria Baldwin. Mark David, Robb Report, 10 Nov. 2023 Alex De Bard soothes in the role of an Amsterdam squatter with whom the Youth shacks up. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 4 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shack up was in 1935

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“Shack up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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