square·​ly | \ ˈskwer-lē How to pronounce squarely (audio) \

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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As for why it had never been grappled with, Prince William placed the blame squarely on British people's reticence to discuss their feelings—which, according to him, is the product of history. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince William Has an Interesting Theory About Why the British Have Trouble Expressing Emotion," 23 Jan. 2019 But America now lives squarely in the era of The Endless Campaign: The 2020 race is already here. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Who’s In and Who’s Out of the 2020 Presidential Race—So Far," 3 Jan. 2019 Almost heaven Situated squarely in the coal mining region of Appalachian West Virginia, Fallout 76 does a good job of incorporating real-life towns and landmarks into the franchise’s deep lore. Sarah Leboeuf, Ars Technica, "Two weeks in, Fallout 76 is a lonely, glitchy, flawed mess," 28 Nov. 2018 This places significant costs squarely at the feet of Newark residents. Georeen Tanner, Fox News, "Lead may be making Newark’s water poisonous," 17 Aug. 2018 Nope, not another traffic cone: Monarch butterflies are in their high summer mating and reproductive stages, and Chicago, placed squarely in the center of their migratory range, is enjoying the annual upsurge in sightings of the beloved butterfly. Cindy Dampier, chicagotribune.com, "Why Chicago might be the best place to save the monarch butterfly," 13 July 2018 Reinhart's role on Riverdale placed her squarely in the spotlight. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Lili Reinhart Is Weirded Out By People DMing Her Mother For Gossip," 3 July 2018 Cabinet spokesman Doug Hogan sought in a weekend statement to place the blame squarely on the judge. NBC News, "Nearly 500,000 in Kentucky losing vision, dental coverage following Medicaid ruling," 2 July 2018 Among tributes to the young comedian there was growing outcry on social media who called for the blame to be placed squarely on her attacker. Lucie Morris-marr, CNN, "Eurydice Dixon: Tributes and anger as Australia mourns murdered comedian," 15 June 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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