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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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ASPIRING millionaires should consider upping sticks and moving south, the latest National Lottery stats have revealed.
Upping sticks and settling in sunnier climes is not just a pipe dream for plumbers and gas fitters.
We holiday there, are increasingly upping sticks to emigrate there and seem seduced by the beauty of the countryside and the relaxed, peaceful lifestyle.
"He's going to Reggie Roberts and he'll train him for the competitions; obviously I would have loved to have done it myself, but upping sticks for seven weeks just isn't an option when you've got a kennel full of dogs at home."
Instead, he is upping sticks and moving from his two bed-semi in Tamworth, Staffordshire, to Sutton Coldfield.
Previously sly y an east end Hoxton-dweller, Haz, 18, is upping sticks to move to a plusher part of the capital.
A TALENTED young Birmingham footballer could be upping sticks to the States after netting a soccer scholarship.
THE Kelly family are upping sticks and heading for a new home in Western Australia - which is why their Bradley home of 12 years is now up for sale.
Word on the street is that they've had to move venue because of it, upping sticks to the bigger capacity Empire Music Hall.
But in his quest to find all of the natural beauty the world has to offer, Attenborough-in-waiting Simon King, left, is upping sticks and moving to the remote location.