square off


squared off; squaring off; squares off

intransitive verb

: to take a fighting stance : prepare to fight
also : fight

Examples of square off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With a number of other Dallas-area teams squaring off in rivalry matchups this week, The Dallas Morning News searched for the most competitive D-FW rivalries over the last decade. Lia Assimakopoulos, Dallas News, 18 Sep. 2023 A couple thousand spectators had gathered in the Colonial-era tourist town on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, about 80 miles from Washington, D.C., to watch the cowboys square off in a competition unique to the Chesapeake Bay: boat docking. Jason Nark Kent Nishimura, New York Times, 14 Sep. 2023 The moon’s square off with Neptune is ideal for imaginative inventions. USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2023 Your significant relationships can thrive as the Moon moves through your 7th House of Connections, but that energy takes a deep dive while the Moon squares off uncertain Neptune in your 4th House of Feelings. Tarot Astrologers, Chicago Tribune, 7 Sep. 2023 Journal Editorial Report: GOP candidates square off in first primary debate and clash over aid to Ukraine. WSJ, 5 Sep. 2023 That may very well change this Saturday when Walsh squares off with Sona Akale (7-1-0) at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Okla. Sean Neumann, Peoplemag, 25 Aug. 2023 The Eagles and Patriots will square off and the Bills and Jets, division rivals with a pair of star quarterbacks, will go head to head. Bychris Morris, Fortune, 10 Sep. 2023 Two of the top-four teams in the area will square off as No. 4 Prestonwood Christian hosts No. 2 Fort Worth All Saints in a matchup bound to impact the area’s rankings. Lia Assimakopoulos, Dallas News, 10 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of square off was in 1837

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“Square off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/square%20off. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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