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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According to a recent study by Music Watch, 21% of vinyl album purchasers are between the ages of 13 and 17, while 26% are between the ages of 18 and 25 -- two demographics that fall squarely in Eilish’s wheelhouse. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Five Takeaways From Nielsen Music's Mid-Year 2019 Report," 27 June 2019 Sure a few celebrities might push the boundaries with ornate hair accessories or lime green eyeshadow, but most fall squarely in the camp of classically pretty. Glamour, "Met Gala 2019: So Many Celebrities Went Blond for the Night," 7 May 2019 Another package of legislation is expected to focus more squarely on protecting election infrastructure from hacking and other direct intrusions. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Dems to launch fresh effort to counter foreign interference," 13 June 2019 Another package of legislation is expected to focus more squarely on protecting election infrastructure from hacking and other direct intrusions. Washington Post, "Democrats to launch fresh push to counter foreign interference in elections," 13 June 2019 Others focused their efforts squarely on Mr. Trump. Caitlin Huey-burns, Adam Brewster, CBS News, "Democrats descend on Iowa to take on Trump," 9 June 2019 Not so much a full-scale restaurant, Mama Rabbit will focus squarely on the drinks from Lopez’s home state and will offer only a few light bites. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "Oaxacan Cuisine Looks Poised to Make Its Mark With U.S. Diners," 8 June 2019 The head of the TUC, an umbrella organization for labor unions, put the blame squarely at May’s door, saying her refusal to rule out that Britain would not leave the EU without a deal on trade relations has put thousands of jobs in jeopardy. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "Honda to shut plant in Brexit-shaken Britain," 20 Feb. 2019 His strategy doesn’t change in any environment — try to hit the ball squarely, play smart, avoid bogeys. Doug Ferguson, The Seattle Times, "Molinari builds 2-shot lead over Woods, Finau in Masters," 14 Apr. 2019

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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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