arrange
   to do something underhand or taboo
   Used to describe preparing accounts or reports in a misleading manner; bribing or coercing officials; obtaining an unfair preference; or castrating domestic cats:
    You always ought to have torn cats arranged, you know — it makes 'em more companionable. (Noel Coward — reported speech)
   To arrange yourself is to put your clothing back to normal after a taboo activity, such as urination or extramarital copulation:
    She was... arranging herself. She seemed a bit dazed. She whacked her shoulder on the bedroom door, trying to squeeze by him. (Anonymous, 1996)
   An arrangement is what ensues, including a pot for urine in a bedroom, a bribe, a settlement with your creditors (or Deed of Arrangement), regular extramarital sexual activity, etc.:
    The majority of diplomats and businessmen away from home for long periods made 'arrangements' for themselves. (Faulks, 1993)

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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  • arrangé — ⇒ARRANGÉ, ÉE, part. passé et adj. I. Part. passé de arranger. II. Adjectif A. [En parlant d un lieu, d objets] Mis dans un ordre prévu, avec parfois une recherche esthétique : • 1. Le portier sonna : une femme de chambre coiffée d un madras… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • arrangé — arrangé, ée (a ran jé, jée) part. passé. 1°   Mis dans un ordre convenable. Tout est ici très bien arrangé. •   Il ne se passe, à l intérieur des animaux, rien de suivi, rien d ordonné, puisqu ils n expriment rien par des signes combinés et… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • arrange — UK US /əˈreɪndʒ/ verb [I or T] ► to plan, prepare, or organize something: »The outing was arranged by the firm as part of a team building exercise. arrange an appointment/loan/meeting, etc. »Industry leaders hastily arranged a meeting with city… …   Financial and business terms

  • arrangé — Arrangé, [arrang]ée. part. On dit d Un homme, qu Il est arrangé, pour dire, qu Il fait toutes choses avec ordre, & quelquefois aussi, pour dire, qu Il est trop attaché à un certain ordre. On dit aussi, qu Un homme est arrangé, arrangé chez luy,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Arrange — Ar*range , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Arranged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Arranging}.] [OE. arayngen, OF. arengier, F. arranger, fr. a (L. ad) + OF. rengier, rangier, F. ranger. See {Range}, v. t.] 1. To put in proper order; to dispose (persons, or parts) in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • arrange — [v1] put in an order align, array, class, classify, clear the decks, dispose, file, fix up, form, group, line up, methodize, organize, police, police up, position, put in good shape*, put in order*, put to rights*, range, rank, regulate, sort,… …   New thesaurus

  • arrange — [ə rānj′] vt. arranged, arranging [ME arengen < OFr arengier < a , to + rengier, RANGE] 1. to put in the correct, proper, or suitable order 2. to sort systematically; classify 3. to make ready; prepare or plan [to arrange a program of… …   English World dictionary

  • arrange — I (methodize) verb adapt, adjust, allocate, apportion, bring into order, bring to terms, collocate, come to an agreement, come to terms, componere, constituere, coordinate, determine, devise, digerere, direct, fix, fix the order, group, manage,… …   Law dictionary

  • arrange — (v.) late 14c., draw up a line of battle, from O.Fr. arengier (12c.), from a to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + rangier set in a row (Mod.Fr. ranger), from rang rank, from Frankish *hring (see RANK (Cf. rank) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • arrange — 1 *order, marshal, organize, systematize, methodize Analogous words: dispose (see corresponding noun DISPOSAL): *line, line up, range, array, align: *assort, classify, pigeonhole, sort Antonyms: derange, disarrange Contrasted words: *disorder,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • arrange — ► VERB 1) put tidily or in a particular order. 2) organize or plan. 3) Music adapt (a composition) for performance with instruments or voices other than those originally specified. DERIVATIVES arrangeable adjective arranger noun. ORIGIN Old… …   English terms dictionary

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