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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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 Her two set dates last year were April 14 and 21; a release date of April 17 would fall pretty squarely between the one-year anniversary of those two performances. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "It Sure Looks Like Netflix Just Announced a Beyoncé Special," 8 Apr. 2019 Like many Yeti products, the Rambler falls squarely in the want-but-don't-need category. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The 24-Oz Yeti Rambler Was Made for Drinking a Big Beer Around the Campfire," 8 Apr. 2019 VerHagen missed the ball, which hit him squarely in the nose, bloodying him. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Boyd slammed early as Detroit Tigers fall to Reds, 9-5, in Cincy," 19 June 2018 Since then, the Man in Black has teamed up with Lawrence, met the new El Lazo, liberated Las Mudas from Major Craddock and his goons, and took a few bullets from Maeve and Lawrence—including one that hit him squarely in the goddamn chest. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Westworld Season 2 Episode 9 Recap: Here Comes the Man in Black," 18 June 2018 Bryce Harper shook off a pitch in the fifth inning that hit him squarely on his right elbow. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Bryce Harper hit twice by pitches, exits early against Yankees," 12 June 2018 And the truth is, whether intentional or not, Alam has hit the nail squarely on the head. Rebecca Carroll, latimes.com, "In 'That Kind of Mother,' Rumaan Alam enters the thorny world of interracial adoption," 3 May 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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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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