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up sticks

To relocate from one's current residence. Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. The more I think about how much we love the coast, the more I think we should just up sticks and find a place near the beach.
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up sticks

go to live elsewhere. British informal
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ˌup ˈsticks (and go, etc.)

(British English, informal) leave your home in order to move to another one: Things weren’t working out for them here, so they upped sticks and went to Chicago.
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The pair fell out and barely spoke before the band went on a break three years ago, with the rest of the girls regularly meeting without Nadine, who upped sticks and moved to LA.
The couple upped sticks and are now settled in Ireland, with Alison, who has a wealth of experience in the top flight, having no problems in continuing in the sport over there.
For many public sector workers in Llanishen, Cardiff, this wish came true when not for the first time they decided it was too hot to work and upped sticks before the midday sun reached its zenith.
home from home: The robins nesting in a garden shed in Lepton A PAIR of winged wanderers have upped sticks and built their nest in an unusual location.
She first upped sticks and moved to Germany after reading an advert in The Stage looking for singers.
Many predicted the demise of both parties when RATM mouthpiece Zac De La Rocha upped sticks and headed for South America for his true calling in political activism, while Cornell seemed doomed for rock casualty status with a much publicised heroin habit.
Unable to handle the separation, close friends Steve and Mary Parker upped sticks and bought a house three doors down from them.
But now he has upped sticks and signed a two-year deal at Tannadice.
The manager who drove their promotion, Phil Parkinson, upped sticks to Hull City while they also lost several key players, including Neil Danns to Blues.
Shaw, 48, upped sticks in 2004 from Averham Park Farm in Nottinghamshire to move all of 15 miles across the county to Danethorpe Hill, looking to expand and upgrade in an equestrian centre converted into a 45-box racing yard.
Sandy Rivera, Tim Deluxe and DJ Disciple will all be on deck duty for the event which returns to its spiritual home of Hardwick Hall in Sedgefield, County Durham, having upped sticks to Sedgefield Racecourse for last year's party.
Perhaps there was a colony of rare dormice at the site at one time, but when they sensed there was a development coming they upped sticks and left for pastures new.
The tiny traveller who upped sticks from the garden of Maureen and Michael McDowell in Hawkesbury at the end of August could be making a guest appearance at the Foleshill gas tower demolition.
And it is believed that many have now upped sticks in favour of resorts like Bundoran and Newcastle in Co Down where they are turning their hand to other criminal activities.