- in a square shape, form, or manner.
- directly; without evasion; in a straight or straightforward manner: to face a problem squarely.
- in an honest or open manner; straightforwardly; fairly.
- firmly; solidly; unequivocally.
Origin of squarely
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Examples from the Web for squarely
The winner will be the one who most squarely gets on the side of the working class.Bush, Christie, Romney: Who’ll Be the GOP Class Warrior?
December 15, 2014
“We tried to be evenhanded, and Poitras is squarely on the side of Snowden,” Condon says.Can Condon's Freak Show Win Broadway?
November 18, 2014
“That put it squarely in areas that were controlled by rebels,” Postol told The Daily Beast.The Kardashian Look-Alike Trolling for Assad
Noah Shachtman, Michael Kennedy
October 17, 2014
It was, as its star would have wanted, squarely for her fans—the "Joan Rangers."Melissa Rivers: Life After Joan—A Funny, Moving Celebration on a Special 'Fashion Police'
September 20, 2014
The writing is resonant, but must America “see itself” so squarely in this particular regard?America Is Coming to Terms with Its Racial Past—Let’s Look Ahead Instead
May 22, 2014
She was so young to face all this; and yet, since face it she must, how much better to have her do it squarely.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
He believed in it, but not being rich, raced as a profession, honestly and squarely.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
As Rose forced herself to face this squarely, something within her crumpled.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
He deals so squarely with himself that they have to deal squarely with themselves.Questionable Shapes
William Dean Howells
She placed her hand in his and looked him, for the first time, squarely in the eyes.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
- in a direct way; straighthe hit me squarely on the nose
- in an honest, frank, and just manner
- at right angles
Word Origin and History for squarely
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper