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squarely

[skwair-lee] /ˈskwɛər li/
adverb
1.
in a square shape, form, or manner.
2.
directly; without evasion; in a straight or straightforward manner:
to face a problem squarely.
3.
in an honest or open manner; straightforwardly; fairly.
4.
firmly; solidly; unequivocally.
Origin of squarely
1550-1560
First recorded in 1550-60; square + -ly
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  • She was so young to face all this; and yet, since face it she must, how much better to have her do it squarely.

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  • He believed in it, but not being rich, raced as a profession, honestly and squarely.

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  • As Rose forced herself to face this squarely, something within her crumpled.

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  • He deals so squarely with himself that they have to deal squarely with themselves.

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  • She placed her hand in his and looked him, for the first time, squarely in the eyes.

British Dictionary definitions for squarely

squarely

/ˈskwɛəlɪ/
adverb
1.
in a direct way; straight: he hit me squarely on the nose
2.
in an honest, frank, and just manner
3.
at right angles
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Word Origin and History for squarely
adv.

1540s, of multiplication, from square + -ly (2). From 1560s as "in a straightforward manner;" meaning "firmly, solidly" is from 1860.

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