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down East

noun
1.
New England.
2.
the state of Maine.
3.
Canadian. the Maritime Provinces.
adverb
4.
in, to, or into New England.
5.
in, to, or into the state of Maine.
6.
Canadian. in, to, or into the Maritime Provinces.
Origin of down East
1810-1820
An Americanism dating back to 1810-20
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  • All the boys say so down East—that is, the real bright boys.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • "It was told to me down East, and they said it was absolutely true," was the answer.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
  • Then there's Batch, president of the 'down East' road, as we call it.

    Coniston, Complete Winston Churchill
  • She said her people came from "down East," but she herself was born in Ohio.

    Old Caravan Days Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • Yes, he was certainly good-looking in his new suit from “down East.”

    The One-Way Trail Ridgwell Cullum
  • I knew that he occasionally made a venture in lumber from down East.

    The Last Cruise of the Spitfire Edward Stratemeyer
  • He had learned it when a boy "down East" while working in the fields with the hired man.

    The Cassowary Stanley Waterloo
  • He remembered the time when a girl from down East, on a holiday tour, had looked over his mine.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild
  • He looked like a typical Western man, and I was surprised that his speech had a "down East" tone.

    I Married a Ranger Dama Margaret Smith
  • But then, I don' know as 'tis; woods all bein' cut off—poles gittin' scurcer; hoops bein' shoved in from down East.

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