up stakes

up stakes

to prepare for leaving and then leave. (Up has the force of a verb here. The phrase suggests pulling up tent stakes in preparation for departure.) They just upped stakes and left without saying good-bye. It's that time of the year when I feel like upping stakes and moving to the country.
See also: stake, up

up stakes

tv. to prepare for leaving and then leave. (Up has the force of a verb here. The phrase suggests pulling up tent stakes in preparation for departure.) It’s that time of the year when I feel like upping stakes and moving to the country.
See also: stake, up
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The billionaire has a history of snapping up stakes in struggling high street firms.
has of up stakes high firms Meanwhile, Mr Ashley has declared Sports Direct to be on track to become the "Selfridges of sport", through its new generation of stores.
Mr Ashley has a history of snapping up stakes in struggling high street firms.