Definition of Square away

1. Verb. Put (things or places) in order. "Tidy up your room!"

Exact synonyms: Clean Up, Neaten, Straighten, Straighten Out, Tidy, Tidy Up
Specialized synonyms: Make, Make Up, Clean, Clean House, Houseclean
Generic synonyms: Order

Definition of Square away

1. Verb. (idiomatic) To finish, complete, tidy or put in order. ¹

2. Verb. (nautical) To square the ships' yards to make her run ''before the wind'', with the wind blowing straight from the stern. ¹

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Literary usage of Square away

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. An Introduction to Experimental Psychology in Relation to Education by Charles Wilfred Valentine (1916)
"One error should be counted every time the pencil moves one square away from the ... Or if it moves only one square away but continues so for two squares, ..."

2. Text-book of Seamanship: The Equipping and Handling of Vessels Under Sail Or by Stephen Bleecker Luce, United States Naval Academy (1898)
"square away ! When circumstances permit, this is preferable. ... square away ! At this command the topsail halliards are settled away roundly, ..."

3. American Lands and Letters by Donald Grant Mitchell (1898)
"At the same instant the voice of the pilot shouted — ' square away the yards!—in mainsail!' A burst from the crew echoed — ' square away the yards ! ..."

4. The Prose Writers of America: With a Survey of the Intellectual History by Rufus Wilmot Griswold (1856)
"At the same instant the voice of the pilot was heard shouting—" square away the yards !— in mainsail !" A general burst from the crew echoed, " square away ..."

5. The Prose Writers of America with a Survey of the History, Condition, and by Richard Henry Dana, Rufus Wilmot Griswold (1847)
"... square away the yards !" and quick as thought the frigate was seen gliding along the channel before the wind. The eye had hardly time to dwell on the ..."

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