Be there or be square !

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Choose the correct definition a, b or c.

a) Make sure to join in

Well done ! That’s the right answer.

Most English speakers use this expression in friendly banter. This means that one does not truly think less of someone because they do not attend a certain event. Rather, it reiterates that the event will be fun and exciting, and it implies that only people who do not like fun and exciting things would refrain from attending.

French translation

Il faudrait être fou pour manquer ça !

How NOT to translate : *Sois là, ou soit carré


Examples in context

‘Be there or be square : Satchel’s Pizza to open second location

A new Satchel’s Pizza location will bring an easier commute and an unexpected menu item.

Satch², the name of the new location, will be at the Fourth Avenue food park downtown. The name is inspired by the square waffles and the square Detroit-style pizzas — prepared with a square base, cheese on the bottom, toppings in the middle and sauce on top — the restaurant plans to put on its menu.’

The independent Florida alligator, 16 Feb. 2020


Everyday usage

Clara : Are you going to come to my birthday party ? It’s this Saturday.

Paola : I don’t think I have any plans. I’ll try my best to make it. I’ll call you later this week and let you know for sure.

Clara : Okay ! Be there or be square !

b) A lot of people will attend

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c) Bring your own drinks

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