square·​ly | \ˈskwer-lē \

Definition of squarely 

1 : in a straightforward or honest manner we must squarely face the issue

2a : exactly, precisely squarely in the middle

b : so as to make solid contact hit the ball squarely feet squarely planted

3 : in a square form or manner : so as to be square a squarely cut dress

4 : in a plain or unequivocal manner the responsibility lies squarely with us align ourselves squarely with our allies

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Examples of squarely in a Sentence

We must face these problems squarely. It's time to deal squarely with the facts. literature that is squarely in the American tradition Their marketing campaign is aimed squarely at adolescents. The dart hit the board squarely in the middle. Look me squarely in the eye and tell me you're not lying. He hit the ball squarely. Her feet were squarely planted.
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Faso and his supporters say their critiques of Delgado are focused squarely on his lyrical content, particularly his critiques of American politics. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A black candidate made a rap album. His white opponent says it makes him unfit for Congress.," 12 Sep. 2018 Part of it had landed squarely behind the boat’s bow, pressing a section of gunwale flat to the keel. Popular Mechanics, "When Storms Fell the Trees, Father and Son Make the Most of the Mess," 13 Oct. 2018 The terms of the settlement between the DOJ and Derive are squarely focused on emissions-control-limiting functions; other types of tuning are still permitted. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "After-market car tech firm sold 363,000 emissions-cheating devices, DOJ says [updated]," 25 Sep. 2018 The burden of sending all those safety messages has rested squarely on the Defense Department's shoulders. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Space Really Does Need Traffic Cops," 19 June 2018 The responsibility for these tragic deaths rests squarely with Hamas,’’ deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah told reporters at a briefing. BostonGlobe.com, "Death toll for Gaza protests rises; more demonstrations expected," 15 May 2018 Perhaps only in the case of Lionel Messi has a nation's hopes rested squarely at their feet, for a man idolised by millions in his native land. SI.com, "How Far Can Liverpool Superstar Mohamed Salah Carry the Pharoahs at the FIFA World Cup?," 9 May 2018 Another uppercut landed squarely, and Burns slumped into an awkward position, unconscious. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Moore: UFC on FOX 29 in Glendale story can be told through the crowd," 14 Apr. 2018 The focus rests squarely on the multitasking cast member. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' and Shaw's 'Saint Joan': A marathon for four actors, and the audience," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of squarely

1564, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of squarely

: in a direct and honest way

: in the exact location or position that is mentioned ,

: in a way that makes direct contact

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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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