square up

Definition of square 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.

Word by Word Definitions

square play
  1. : an instrument having at least one right angle and two straight edges used especially to lay out or test right angles

  2. : a rectangle with all four sides equal

  3. : any of the quadrilateral spaces marked out on a board for playing games

  1. : having four equal sides and four right angles

  2. : forming a right angle

  3. : having a square base

  1. : to make square or rectangular

  2. : to test for deviation from a right angle, straight line, or plane surface

  3. : to bring approximately to a right angle

  1. : in a straightforward or honest manner

  2. : so as to face or be face-to-face

  3. : at right angles

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated


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