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British Dictionary definitions for well-earned

well-earned

adjective (well earned when postpositive)
  1. fully deserveda well-earned rest
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  • With this the editor had to be content, and was shortly on his way to his own well-earned rest.

  • I shall spend the day at Grenoble, and take a well-earned rest.

    St. Martin's Summer

    Rafael Sabatini

  • "As generous as brave," such is their well-earned title who were capable of such performance.

    Hellenica

    Xenophon

  • "Well, we'll have a well-earned rest," said Hil, turning in alongside her friend.

  • I was not, however, the only one in the Mission who enjoyed a well-earned rest.

    A Woman who went to Alaska

    May Kellogg Sullivan


Word Origin and History for well-earned

adj.

1730, from well (adv.) + past participle of earn.

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