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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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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