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square off


Definitions from WordNet

Verb square off has 1 sense
  1. settle, square off, square up, determine - settle conclusively; come to terms; "We finally settled the argument"
    --1 is one way to conclude, resolve
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something

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Square Off


Square off is a phrasal verb that is used to describe various actions of confronting or challenging someone or something directly, often in a competitive or confrontational manner.


As a Verb:

1. To engage in a confrontation:

  • After exchanging heated words, John and Mike squared off in a fistfight.
  • The two rival gangs squared off in a turf war.

2. To position oneself in a ready stance for a fight or competition:

  • The boxer squared off against his opponent, eyeing him carefully.
  • Before the wrestling match started, the competitors squared off on the mat.

3. To confront or challenge someone:

  • The parent squared off with their child's teacher over the grades.
  • The lawyer squared off against the prosecution in the courtroom.

As a Noun:

1. A confrontation or standoff:

  • The square off between the two boxers was intense.
  • The square off at the negotiating table lasted for hours.

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