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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How to use square away in a sentence
But at last, on Monday afternoon, at four oclock, the storm quieted so we were able to square away again for the Windward Passage.Gardens of the Caribbees, v. 1/2 | Ida May Hill Starr
At meridian, therefore, I gave the order to square away, and to make sail on our course.Afloat And Ashore | James Fenimore Cooper
Then suddenly the stillness of the hour was broken by the loud report of a pistol not half a square away.Jerry's Reward | Evelyn Snead Barnett
The captain of the barque gave the order to sling the dinghy on deck and square away again.A Desperate Voyage | Edward Frederick Knight
He knew he would not feel safe until he was a square away from the house.
Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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