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shackup

[ shak-uhp ]
/ ˈʃækˌʌp /
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noun Slang.

an instance of shacking up: The census people counted both marriages and shackups.

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Origin of shackup

First recorded in 1945–50; noun use of verb phrase shack up
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British Dictionary definitions for shackup

shack up

verb

(intr, adverb usually foll by with) slang to live or take up residence, esp with a mistress or lover
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Idioms and Phrases with shackup

shack up

1

Sleep together or live in sexual intimacy without being married. For example, They had been dating for two months and then decided to shack up. [Slang; first half of 1900s]

2

Stay or reside with, as in I'm shacking up with my cousin till I find a place of my own. [Slang; first half of 1900s]

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