square up

[ skwair-uhp ]
/ ˈskwɛər ˈʌp /
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verb phrase
to adjust (something) so that it is square or rectangular:Use a mallet to square up the frame and check by measuring the diagonals—both dimensions should be the same.Your desk would look neater if you squared up the piles of papers so they don’t look so much like haystacks.
to pay, settle, or reconcile (an account, bill, ledger, etc.): We squared up with the cashier and checked out of the hotel.A property manager can help you collect dues, square up the books, and save money by negotiating discounts with local service providers.
to accord or agree (often followed by with):It’s a compelling thesis, but the evidence presented does not really square up with the theory.
to face or cause to face someone or something directly (often followed by to or with):Coaching manuals are fairly consistent in advising athletes to square up the body to the basket and jump vertically.First we square up, sitting or standing directly across from the other person, because effective, forthright communication is not assisted by angles.
to confront or face up to something, as a fight, challenge, or sporting match (often followed by to or against); square off: These strike actions are growing in regularity as businesses and the unions square up to each other.Malaysia will square up against Pakistan in their last round robin match on Thursday.
Baseball. to hit firmly or solidly: The pitcher’s breaking ball is impossible to square up when he keeps it low in the strike zone.
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British Dictionary definitions for square up

square up

verb (adverb)
to pay or settle (bills, debts, etc)
informal to arrange or be arranged satisfactorily
(intr foll by to) to prepare to be confronted (with), esp courageously
(tr foll by to) to adopt a position of readiness to fight (an opponent)
(tr) to transfer (a drawing) by aid of a network of squares
Scot to tidy up
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Other Idioms and Phrases with square up

square up

Settle a bill or debt, as in The others went to get the car while he squared up with the waiter. This idiom derives from square in the sense of “set straight.” [Early 1800s]

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