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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Recent Examples on the Web The comic book’s political critique was aimed squarely at America’s questionable involvement in international conflicts: the Vietnam War, the cold war, the Iran-contra affair. Namwali Serpell, The New York Review of Books, "In the Time of Monsters," 24 Mar. 2020 Criticizing the lackadaisical response of some countries on Monday, the World Health Organization's head did not cite name names but his comments at times seemed squarely aimed to America. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump wants ‘the country opened,’ but easing coronavirus restrictions now would be disastrous, experts say," 24 Mar. 2020 Of the 13 tweets Warren sent on Tuesday, two were aimed squarely at Bloomberg and none at others in the race. Philip Elliott, Time, "Michael Bloomberg Makes It to the Debate Stage. He May Regret It," 19 Feb. 2020 In 1991, the Baseball Hall of Fame voted to ban those on the permanently ineligible list from induction; a move aimed squarely at Rose. David Mark, Washington Examiner, "Trump says Pete Rose should be in Baseball Hall of Fame," 9 Feb. 2020 It was squarely aimed at treatment of Latinos at the U.S.-Mexico border and in Puerto Rico, which has been shattered by a series of natural disasters and delays in aid. Sarah L. Kaufman, Washington Post, "J-Lo and Shakira shake off boundaries, put on a ferocious master dance class at the Super Bowl," 3 Feb. 2020 But the 457 that has most people talking here in Vegas is the new Varmint Precision Chassis—a .22 aimed squarely at NRL22 competition. Michael R. Shea, Field & Stream, "Best New Rimfire Rifles and Handguns of the 2020 SHOT Show," 21 Jan. 2020 The car is aimed squarely at the mainstream—Fisker says the Ocean starts at $37,499 (before the $7,500 IRS tax credit), with flexible leases from $379 per month for terms as short as a single month with no long-term contract. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Fisker shows off its new $37,499 electric crossover, due in 2022," 6 Jan. 2020 The day's top speeches were aimed squarely at educators, with Lt. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Teachers front and center in celebration of new Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear," 11 Dec. 2019

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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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22 May 2020

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“Squarely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squarely. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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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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