pull up stakes


Move away, leave one's home, job, or country. For example, We've lived here for years, but now it's time to pull up stakes. This expression alludes to the stakes that mark property boundaries. [Early 1800s]

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How to use pull up stakes in a sentence

  • "It's a nuisance, having to pull up stakes," he went on, with a fretful glance about the studio.

    Tales Of Men And Ghosts | Edith Wharton
  • The devil take me if I don't pull up stakes and be off, if that sort of calumny is to be flung at me!

    The Two Brothers | Honore de Balzac
  • Perhaps we may go to Milan with you, or to Naples,—there's a conservatory there, too; and we can pull up stakes as easily as not.

    The Lady of the Aroostook | William Dean Howells
  • Say, well have rice every way under the sun up to the day we pull up stakes and get out of here.

  • So again in 1773, calling his little family around the fireside one night, he told them he meant to pull up stakes and move on.

    Blue Ridge Country | Jean Thomas