square up

phrasal verb

squared up; squaring up; squares up
: to turn so that one is facing something or someone directly
She squared up (with/to the basket) for a three-point shot.
They squared up for a fight.

Examples of square up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The shouting man seems delighted with the challenge, squaring up. Michael Wilson, New York Times, 17 Mar. 2024 Serve these squares up on Easter Sunday to save yourself time and effort stacking and frosting a layer cake. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 2 Feb. 2024 During a season in which a tireless Athletic side has only tasted a home defeat against Real Madrid, the region’s best will square up against something similarly intensive in Bielsa and Uruguay. Henry Flynn, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 Clearly annoyed by Sané’s efforts to grab the ball, Bjelica then pushed the forward in the face as the pair squared up to each other on the sideline. Ben Church, CNN, 29 Jan. 2024 In both games, your four heroes square up against up to four enemies. Aaron Zimmerman, Ars Technica, 8 May 2023 This conditional release policy requires its patients to square up their bills in full once treatment is completed. Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2023 She was also supposed to square up against Teen Mom’s Farrah Abraham during a celebrity boxing match in 2019, but Abraham ghosted the competition. Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 7 Dec. 2023 Get The Recipe 42 of 50 Erika Kwee's Spiced Carrot Cake with Candied Pecans and Caramel Sauce This may not look like a carrot cake on first glance, but this squared up version has all the same flavor, plus a little spice, and for a final finish, candied pecans and caramel sauce on top. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 7 Oct. 2023

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“Square up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/square%20up. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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