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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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THREE years ago Garth and Anne Foster upped sticks from trendy Islington in London - where he ran a pub/restaurant - and moved to Barford, just outside Warwick.
Since then, ex-Northern Ireland international Robert Garrett also upped sticks and left David Jeffrey's dethroned champions in a loan deal to Edmonton in the North American Soccer League.
The veteran presenter, 56, said he has "upped sticks" from Buckinghamshire to the Peak District and said it was his pets that swung the decision for him.
But now he has upped sticks and signed a two-year deal at Tannadice.
The tough-tackling former left-back has upped sticks and moved to Spain's Costa Blanca, where he admits the year-round sunshine and pace of life is just perfect.
Thanks to an amazing coincidence, when she upped sticks and moved from the Toon to Oz, she found that her new next door neighbours on both sides are also from Wallsend.
Lastly we meet Patricia from Belfast who, at the age of 25, met Tiziano from Rimini, in northern Italy and just months after the first kiss upped sticks to the land of pizza and pasta.
ONE day of rest and the runners, throwers, hoppers, skippers and jumpers have all upped sticks from Manchester to Munich with the European Championships replacing the Commonwealth Games, writes Steve Palmer.
A Few decades ago, American kids were packed off to summer camp while many london children upped sticks to Kent with their families to earn their keep picking hops.
A GAMES teacher turned in a pukka performance when she upped sticks and jetted off to Estonia for an international ice hockey tournament.
Lee Johnston and Cheryl Fraser not only decided to do just that, they upped sticks and moved to Spain to fulfil their dream.
Because it would be a big loss to Everton and the Premier League if Moyes upped sticks.
The model, 22, had been living in Holland Park with pal Jaime Winstone, 26, but she finally upped sticks almost a year after her boyfriend, Doctor Who star Matt, 28, asked her to be a full-time assistant.
Pal Courtenay Semel was living with the actress but upped sticks after Lindsay left "piles of clothes everywhere".
Retail manager Andrew, aged 44, upped sticks from his Yorkshire home and moved in with John in Brockhill, near Redditch.