1. [early 19C+] (also square up) to settle, to put right, spec. to deal with problems, often by using influence, bribes, threats etc.; thus n. square, any form of corruption (see cite 1897).
2. to pay off or bribe a policeman; thus square his nibs v., to pay off a policeman; squared adj.
3. [mid-19C–1940s] to pay one’s debts; to pay a bill.
4. [mid-19C+] (UK Und.) to sort things out with another person.
5. [late 19C–1920s] to give or lend money.
6. [late 19C+] (also square off, square up) to make things equal.
7. [1920s] (US Und.) to gain a pardon.
8. [1920s–40s] (also square oneself) to take up a respectable, honest life.
9. [1970s+] (US gay) to have heterosexual intercourse with.
10. see square up v.1
see separate entry.
see under rap n.1
see square off v.1
1. [20C+] to deal with, to settle; thus squared away adj.
2. [20C+] to sort out, to put away, to put in order, whether emotionally or physically; thus squared away adj.
3. [1920s] to explain, to put in the picture.
4. [1980s] (Aus.) to bribe.
1. [mid-19C+] to live or act honestly.
2. [mid-19C+] to explain, to make excuses.
3. [late 19C] to render acceptable, appealing; to make things right.
1. see sense 6 above.
2. see separate entries.
to ridicule, to tease; to indulge in a series of ritual insults.
[1980s+] (US campus) to have sexual intercourse with someone.
see under beef n.2
1. see sense 1 above.
2. see sense 6 above.
3. see separate entries.