shack up
intransitive verb Date: 1935 to sleep or live together as unmarried sexual partners

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Shack up — v. i. 1. to live together in a sexual relationship, without being legally married. [Slang, U. S.] [PJC] 2. to live in a cabin, shack, or other crude dwelling. [Slang, U. S.] [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shack up — (with (someone)) to live with and have a sexual relationship with someone you are not married to. I was surprised to hear you re shacking up with Kathy. Related vocabulary: set up housekeeping …   New idioms dictionary

  • shack up — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms shack up : present tense I/you/we/they shack up he/she/it shacks up present participle shacking up past tense shacked up past participle shacked up informal 1) to live with another person as sexual partners… …   English dictionary

  • shack up — v. (slang.) (D; intr.) to shack up with (he shacked up with his girlfriend) * * * [ ʃæk ʌp] (slang.) (D; intr.) to shack up with (he shack uped up with his girlfriend) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • shack up — verb share living quarters; usually said of people who are not married and live together as a couple (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑cohabit, ↑live together • Derivationally related forms: ↑cohabitation (for: ↑cohabit) …   Useful english dictionary

  • shack up — PHR V RECIP (disapproval) If you say that someone has shacked up with someone else or that two people have shacked up together, you disapprove of the fact that they have started living together as lovers. [INFORMAL] [V P with n] ...the deserters… …   English dictionary

  • Shack up — 1. live at a place; reside: You can come and shack up with us till your house is ready ; 2. live together in a sexual relationship …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • shack up — Australian Slang 1. live at a place; reside: You can come and shack up with us till your house is ready ; 2. live together in a sexual relationship …   English dialects glossary

  • shack up — vb to live with someone in a sexual rela tionship outside marriage. Such a rela tionship is sometimes known as a shack up . The term was an American ism first used by itinerants and margin als between the World Wars; it was adopted into World… …   Contemporary slang

  • shack up —    (with)    to cohabit in an extramarital sexual relationship    A shack is a rudely built rural residence, but the arrangement so described usually has a degree of permanence:     Since she had shacked up with Joe, the youth had kicked over… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • shack up — informal move in or live with someone as a lover. → shack …   English new terms dictionary

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