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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
1550-60; square + -ly
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  • There are 869 different forms of lying, but only one of them has been squarely forbidden.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • As Harrah arose Bruce took a step closer and looked at him squarely.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots Caroline Lockhart
  • With ready tact he fathomed the expectation of the audience, and at once squarely joined issue with the Colonel.

    Gabriel Conroy Bert Harte
  • He becomes shifty and suspicious and will not look you squarely in the face.

  • Mr. Pickett turned in his chair till he was squarely face to face with his informant.

    Pickett's Gap Homer Greene
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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