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To properly order, arrange, prepare, or take care of someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "square" and "away." I'll be right behind you. I just need to square away a couple of things first. Have you squared those applications away yet? Tom's up in New York squaring Bill away for his first year in college.
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square someone away
to get someone or something arranged or properly taken care of. See if you can square Bob away in his new office. When you are squared away, come back and we'll talk.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Put in order; also, get ready for. For example, Once we've got the files squared away, we can decide on next year's repertory, or She had to square away the house before leaving town. This expression uses square in the sense of "arrange in accordance with some principle," indirectly alluding to the geometric square. [Early 1800s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
To make someone or something ready; put something in order: I squared away my remaining office work before I went on vacation. Let's square these matters away before we finish the meeting. Our plans should be squared away before they get here.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.