Idioms

Origin of square

1250–1300; (noun) Middle English < Old French esquar(r)e < Vulgar Latin *exquadra, derivative of *exquadrāre (Latin ex- ex-1 + quadrāre to square; see quadrate); (v.) Middle English squaren < Old French esquarrer < Vulgar Latin *exquadrāre; (adj.) Middle English < Old French esquarré, past participle of esquarrer; (adv.) derivative of the adj.

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British Dictionary definitions for square up (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for square up (2 of 2)

Derived Forms

squareness, nounsquarer, nounsquarish, adjective

Word Origin for square

C13: from Old French esquare, from Vulgar Latin exquadra (unattested), from Latin ex 1 + quadrāre to make square; see quadrant
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Science definitions for square up

square

[ skwâr ]

Noun

A rectangle having four equal sides.
The product that results when a number or quantity is multiplied by itself. The square of 8, for example, is 64.

Adjective

Of, being, or using units that express the measure of area.

Verb

To multiply a number, quantity, or expression by itself.
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Culture definitions for square up

square

A number multiplied by itself, or raised to the second power. The square of three is nine; the square of nine is eighty-one.


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Idioms and Phrases with square up (1 of 2)

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]


Idioms and Phrases with square up (2 of 2)

square

In addition to the idioms beginning with square

  • square away
  • square deal
  • square meal, a
  • square off
  • square one's shoulders
  • square peg in a round hole
  • square the circle
  • square up
  • square with

also see:

  • back to the drawing board (square one)
  • fair and square
  • on the square
  • round peg in a square hole
  • shoot straight (square)

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