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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web And Ukrainian authorities placed the fault squarely on Russian forces, accusing them of killing more than 50 vulnerable civilians in a brutal and unprovoked attack. Richard Lardner, BostonGlobe.com, 9 July 2022 And the race will end with a celebration showcasing a glass of milk, a floral wreath draped around the winner’s neck, and a kiss placed squarely on a Yard of Bricks that has symbolized victory and human achievement for over a century. J. Douglas Boles, The Indianapolis Star, 26 May 2022 But, as always, blame is placed squarely on vulnerable parents, rather than the institutions that allow these issues to flourish. Amil Niazi, Glamour, 12 May 2022 The utility placed the blame squarely on the Commerce investigation. Washington Post, 7 May 2022 The responsibility to set up and fund a Roth IRA falls squarely on the rest of us. David Rae, Forbes, 12 July 2022 Cheryl Lambert falls squarely in the opposing camp. Jocelyn Noveck, Anchorage Daily News, 26 June 2022 The proxy battle between potential 2024 candidates -- Haley and Trump -- falls squarely in Haley’s camp, the beginning of a nice set up for a highly gossiped about bid for the White House. Brittany Shepherd, ABC News, 14 June 2022 This latest effort squarely falls into that latter camp. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of squarely

1564, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of squarely was in 1564

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9 Aug 2022

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“Squarely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squarely. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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