on the square

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on the square (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Honest and open.
  2. A discreet, unassuming reference to freemasonry.
    • "Are you on the square?" (meaning: "are you a freemason like myself?")

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  • This phrase is associated with Freemasonry: The angle measures the square, the symbol of earth and the realm of the material. The square reprents fairness, balance, and firmness which is reflected in phrases such as "on the square" and "squared away." Something that is squared is something that is stable, a foundation for building upon

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