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verb (adverb)

to set the sails of (a square-rigger) at right angles to the keel
(tr) US and Canadian to make neat and tidy

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square away

Put in order; also, get ready for. For example, Once we've got the files squared away, we can decide on next year's repertory, or She had to square away the house before leaving town. This expression uses square in the sense of “arrange in accordance with some principle,” indirectly alluding to the geometric square. [Early 1800s]

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