- with full force.
- at full speed.
- suddenly; hastily.
- exceedingly; greatly.
Origin of amain
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Examples from the Web for amain
Amain I did for the horse what I would neither do for earl or baron, doffed my hat; yes!
Amain I did for the horse what I would neither do for earl nor baron, doffed my hat; yes!
To recover they were fain, But now did Alvar Fañez on their rearward fall amain.The Lay of the Cid
R. Selden Rose
On Astur's throat Horatius right firmly press'd his heel, And thrice and four times tugg'd amain, ere he wrench'd outthe steel.The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886
Ministry of Education
Accordingly, just before the others came back, I felt a strong pull on my line and hauled in amain.Hawthorne and His Circle
- archaic, or poetic with great strength, speed, or haste
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Word Origin and History for amain
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