square away

verb
squared away; squaring away; squares away

Definition of square away

intransitive verb

1 : to square the yards so as to sail before the wind
2 : to put everything in order or in readiness
3 : to take up a fighting stance

transitive verb

: to put in order or in readiness

Examples of square away in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As with most subscription services, sign-up starts by filling out a quick survey on the service's website to get squared away on your taste and delivery preferences. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "The 12 Best Wine Subscription Services That Deliver Right to Your Door," 15 Apr. 2020 The festival needs $20 to $30 million to get tickets on sale and get its permit squared away, according to sources. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Woodstock 50 Enlists New Firm to Seek Investors, While Branded Cannabis Plan Is Tied Up in Court," 17 May 2019 The Dolphins could also add another player during the 2020 NFL draft next April, but will use the final seven games of the 2019 season to square away their wide receiver position before the next offseason. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Miami Dolphins sign receiver Allen Hurns to contract extension," 16 Nov. 2019 That way, the accord would be squared away, from the perspective of the Europeans, on the off-chance that Johnson manages to win approval in London. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "Boris Johnson to seek a new vote Monday on his Brexit deal, as confusion swirls over exit delay," 20 Oct. 2019 The running game is strong, but the Ravens still have to square away their passing attack. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Mike Preston’s report card: Position-by-position grades for Ravens’ first quarter of season," 4 Oct. 2019 Until that gets squared away, the city’s eco-conscious commuters will have to make do with bikes rather than electric scooters. Shoshana Wodinsky, The Verge, "New York City is the perfect scooter market, but it’s also the most impossible," 11 Aug. 2018 Within the Internet, Ralph and Vanellope have to square away a painful reality: how friendships inevitably change when life goals diverge. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Wreck-It Ralph 2 review: Everything we wish Ready Player One had been," 21 Nov. 2018 Problem is, the federal grant program that helps pay for light rail projects requires that municipalities have their local and state funding squared away. The Observer Editorial Board, charlotteobserver, "A sentence in the proposed state budget could make all future light rail in Charlotte 'impossible'," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of square away

1838, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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“Square away.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/square%20away. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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