square off

square off
1) PHRASAL VERB If you square something off, you alter it so that it has the shape of a square.

[V P n (not pron)] Peel a thick-skinned orange and square off the ends with a sharp knife.

[V-ed P] ...white modern buildings that look like squared-off wedding cakes. [Also V P n]

2) PHR-V-RECIP If one group or person squares off against or with another, they prepare to fight them. [mainly AM]

[V P against] In Florida, farmers are squaring off against cities for rights to groundwater...

[V P with] French soldiers squared off with a gunman at a road checkpoint...

[pl-n V P] The Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls square off for the first game of the series.

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • square off — {v. phr.}, {informal} To stand ready for fighting with the fists. * /The two boxers squared off when the bell rang./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • square off — {v. phr.}, {informal} To stand ready for fighting with the fists. * /The two boxers squared off when the bell rang./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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