"Square up"

To pay the balance of what is owed to someone.

You get our jackets while I go square up with the bartender.

Brian and I need to square up for those plane tickets soon—I hate owing someone money.

Would I be able to say this in a normal conversation in English without sounding too weird?

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    I'm not American, so I can't say if this usage is correct there, but here it sounds like your about to have an all out brawl with the bartender, then beat Brian to a pulp so he doesn't ask you for his money again. May 26, 2019 at 17:23

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The sentences are OK and natural. Take care with the preposition. You square up to someone you are ready to fight, and square up with someone you owe money to, or for something you have received but are yet to pay for.

  • So it is totally natural to say that?
    – Kaique
    May 26, 2019 at 17:55
  • Yes. My answer was intended to state that. May 26, 2019 at 17:59

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