Definition of square adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//skweə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//skwer//
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  • (only used after the verb) directly; not at an angle synonym squarely I looked her square in the face. He hit me square on the jaw.
  • Word OriginMiddle English: shortening of Old French esquare (noun), esquarre (past participle, used as an adjective), esquarrer (verb), based on Latin quadra ‘square’.Idioms
      fair and square, fairly and squarely
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    1. 1honestly and according to the rules We won the election fair and square.
    2. 2(British English) in a direct way that is easy to understand I told him fair and square to pack his bags.
    3. 3(British English) exactly in the place you were aiming for I hit the target fair and square. More Like This Rhyming pairs in idioms doom and gloom, fair and square, high and dry, huff and puff, name and shame, slice and dice, thrills and spills, wear and tear, wheel and deal, wine and dineSee worksheet.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: square