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Definition of squarely adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(usually used after the verb)
  2. 2directly; not at an angle or to one side She looked at me squarely in the eye. He stood squarely in front of them, blocking the entrance. (figurative) We must meet the challenge squarely (= not try to avoid it).
  3. 3directly or exactly; without confusion The responsibility for the crisis rests squarely on the government. This case falls squarely into the category of abuse. The party puts its support squarely behind the policy.
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