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abreast

[ uh-brest ]
/ əˈbrɛst /
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adverb, adjective

side by side; beside each other in a line: They walked two abreast down the street.
equal to or alongside in progress, attainment, or awareness (usually followed by of or with): to keep abreast of scientific developments; keeping abreast with the times.

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Origin of abreast

First recorded in 1590–1600; a-1 + breast
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British Dictionary definitions for abreast

abreast
/ (əˈbrɛst) /

adjective (postpositive)

alongside each other and facing in the same direction
(foll by of or with) up to date (with); fully conversant (with)
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