lawyer up

lawyer up

informal To hire legal representation, especially to protect oneself in matters with potential legal ramifications or when being faced with police questioning. We tried to get the suspect to give us some information about the crime, but he lawyered up before he'd answer anything. You really ought to lawyer up whenever you enter into such complex business negotiations.
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