squarely

adverb
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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The largest and most influential institutions within the firefighting world — representing management, labor and government — are squarely on the side of promoting safety. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Fire departments fight a culture that saves — and costs — lives," 13 July 2018 As the eyes of the wide world of soccer remained squarely on the 2018 FIFA World Cup, a certain Portuguese superstar dropped a bombshell that forced everyone to look towards Italy. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Ronaldo's shock transfer, the World Cup semis and the best of the week in soccer," 12 July 2018 The ruling presents challenges for small online businesses, which may not have the resources to comply with the full labyrinth of America’s local sales-tax laws now that the onus is squarely on them to make sure that they are paid. The Economist, "Amazon wins from a Supreme Court ruling," 10 July 2018 But the public seems squarely on the side of Ms. Hojabri. Thomas Erdbrink, New York Times, "Iran’s Shaming of Young Dancer Draws Backlash," 9 July 2018 Some fans are concerned that the Seafox isn't squarely featured. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Galantis Tease 'Satisfied' & 'Mama Look at Me Now' Coming Friday," 9 July 2018 With a base price of $35,000, the sedan is Tesla’s first car directed squarely at middle-class buyers. David R. Baker, SFChronicle.com, "Tesla factory production jumps, and Model 3 hits elusive goal," 2 July 2018 Hayden’s often shoddy science, Powell believed, sent the interests of the United States squarely in a damaging direction. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 Stand squarely between your parallel bars and firmly grip the middle of each bar with your hands. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Here's Why Parallettes, the Versatile Gymnastics-Inspired Strength Training Tool, Are Popping Up All Over Instagram," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of squarely

1564, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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squarely

adverb

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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