pull up stakes

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pull up stakes

  1. (idiomatic) To prepare to move one's (usually temporary) habitation, especially rapidly.
    • They just pulled up stakes and left.
    • 2006 November 30, Paul Solotaroff, “Can Nate Ybanez Ever Be FORGIVEN?”, in Rolling Stone, page 84-128:
      From the start of their strange and embattled marriage, they established a pattern of suddenly pulling up stakes with little notice to family members or neighbors.