square away


squared away; squaring away; squares away

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

: to put in order or in readiness

Example Sentences

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of square away was in 1838

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“Square away.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/square%20away. Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

square away

: to put in order or readiness

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