Definition of squarely in English:

squarely

adverb

  • 1Directly, without deviating to one side.

    ‘Ashley looked at him squarely’
    • ‘He believed Mrs Letch probably tried to correct the skid but in doing so steered squarely into the path of the oncoming car.’
    • ‘It struck a home defender squarely in the side of the head causing debate as to whether a penalty flick should have been awarded.’
    • ‘Thankfully he was unhurt except for a cut on his knee, though his bike did land squarely on top of him.’
    • ‘Malachi winced as the blow landed squarely across one of the bruises he had received from his beating the previous day.’
    • ‘Its become a category five killer once again and apparently it has Grand Cayman squarely in its sights!’
    • ‘A heap of snow had fallen from directly above us and landed squarely on each runway, preventing any possible take-offs.’
    • ‘The mud hit Jade squarely in the side of the face and her jaw dropped in surprise.’
    • ‘The second caught her squarely in the stomach and knocked the air out of her.’
    • ‘The wreck is mostly intact but lies squarely on its port side.’
    • ‘And stop him, she did, as she slapped him squarely across the face.’
    • ‘Then she caught her reflection in the mirror and looked herself squarely in the eye.’
    • ‘It hit Susanna squarely, and the force behind it sent her sprawling backwards.’
    • ‘Divson immediately raised his fist and punched York squarely in the face.’
    • ‘The nail was hit, but perhaps not as squarely as it could have been.’
    • ‘Hitting the nail squarely on the head when it comes to the giving of gifts is often a delicate matter which a lot of us cannot master.’
    • ‘Situated squarely in the center of this design is the ancient figure of the vampire.’
    • ‘I swung my arm behind me and whacked him squarely in the chest.’
    • ‘The third hit the Prime Minister squarely between the shoulder blades.’
    • ‘But it was hats off to Dunn for the way he took all they had to throw at him squarely on the chin before leaving with his dignity intact.’
    • ‘Bonnie whacked the other guard on the side of his head and punched him squarely in the nose.’
    precisely, exactly, right, directly, immediately, squarely, just, dead
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    1. 1.1 In a direct and uncompromising manner.
      ‘they placed the blame squarely on the president’
      • ‘Walker blames the shortfall squarely on the failure of ministers to ensure that the new policies were properly costed.’
      • ‘They put the primary blame squarely on the political parties and the candidates.’
      • ‘Perhaps it's time to place the blame squarely on the shoulders to which it belongs.’
      • ‘But he blamed the Government squarely for not providing a proper sewerage scheme.’
      • ‘I lay the blame for my initial hatred of Christmas squarely at the feet of my father.’
      • ‘The blame for this year's debacle lies squarely with the organisers.’
      • ‘The burden of education is often placed squarely on the shoulders of teachers.’
      • ‘The number of fat kids in the UK has officially doubled, and the finger of blame is pointing squarely at computer games.’
      • ‘He also volunteered with AIDS agencies, determined to stare the situation squarely in the eye.’
      • ‘Placing the emphasis squarely on excellence and achievement is in the best traditions of Scottish education.’
      • ‘It's just easier to lay all the blame squarely on the shoulders of smokers.’
      • ‘Blame for the subsequent chaos would then be placed squarely on the doorstep of Number Ten.’
      • ‘Despite this, Mai has an enormous international solidarity movement squarely behind her.’
      • ‘Mrs Bladen laid the blame squarely at the door of the SYAS managers.’
      • ‘Such films are aimed squarely at an American audience with little interest in the truth about contemporary Ireland.’
      • ‘We stand squarely behind the Government of Montserrat and support them as they go forward with the project.’
      • ‘From that point people have looked to put the blame squarely on the management.’
      • ‘Mr Roche said the situation had been tolerated for too long, and laid the blame squarely on local authorities.’
      • ‘Slade has stood squarely on the side of freedom and innovation from day one, and he will continue to do so…’
      • ‘However, he did lay the blame for Saturday's defeat squarely on the shoulders of his defence.’

Pronunciation

squarely

/ˈskwɛəli/