downright earnest

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  • As a matter of fact I am in serious and downright earnest. Cited from A Prince of Sinners, by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • It didn't seem hardly any time before they were half-way round again, and the struggle was on, in good downright earnest. Cited from Robbery Under Arms, by Rolf Boldrewood
  • If what Ian said was true, this life was a serious affair, and to be lived in downright earnest! Cited from What's Mine's Mine, by George MacDonald
  • Reader, have you ever felt thus 'in downright earnest' for salvation? Cited from The Works of John Bunyan Volumes 1-3, John Bunyan
  • Can we wonder that he was in 'downright earnest' in seeking salvation. Cited from The Works of John Bunyan Volume 1, by John Bunyan
  • He took to cricket in downright earnest, and was soon acknowledged to be the best bat and best bowler in the school. Cited from The Queen's Cup, by G. A. Henty
  • At all events, from the first hour of their meeting a capital flirtation was kept up on her part, although her victim was in downright earnest, and deeply in love. Cited from The Secrets Of The Great City, by E. Martin
  • At the bottom, Sitgreaves had much good sense, and thus called on, he took up the cudgels of argument in downright earnest. Cited from The Spy, by James Fenimore Cooper
  • Hereupon he turned in downright earnest upon the originator of the assertion, who, he considered, had no more than the amateur's knowledge of the subject. Cited from Thomas Henry Huxley Vol. 3, by Leonard Huxley
  • It was her turn to flush in downright earnest. Cited from The Half-Hearted, by John Buchan
  • Stories were told, old ballads were sung, while Roger de Coverley was danced in downright earnest by most of those who were present. Cited from Weapons of Mystery, by Joseph Hocking
  • We are accused, in downright earnest, not merely of being flippant, but of an arrogant contempt for all persons whose legs are not as strong as our own. Cited from English Prose, Ed. by Frederick William Roe and George Roy Elliott
  • And the work at the office, while it was fresh, appeared -- especially when enlivened by the pranks of my fellow-clerks -- more of a game than downright earnest. Cited from My Friend Smith, by Talbot Baines Reed
  • De Lisle took what Grumpus said in downright earnest, though I didn't fancy he would have done so, or I should have given him better counsel. Cited from Paddy Finn, by W. H. G. Kingston
  • As for the others, the irony of facts shall take it out of their hands, and make fools of them in downright earnest, ere the farce be over. Cited from The Pocket R.L.S., by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • "Books are very well for make-believe, but when it comes to downright earnest, use a tongue of your own -- eh?" and he clapped the boy kindly on the shoulder. Cited from Archibald Malmaison, by Julian Hawthorne
  • Desirous of learning the language, but far more desirous of commending himself to Euphra, Hugh began in downright earnest. Cited from David Elginbrod, by George MacDonald[Scottish]
  • Grace seemed now the most composed of the two, and I have since suspected that she had had a private conversation with my ingenious friend, whose convincing powers were of a very extraordinary quality, when he set about their use in downright earnest. Cited from Afloat And Ashore, by James Fenimore Cooper
  • But there was no reply to these inquiries, for Job had started furiously off, the instant he received his commission, and Mrs. Bardell had fainted in real downright earnest. Cited from The Pickwick Papers, by Charles Dickens
  • A gun was fired near them, by way of signal, I suppose, when two brigades of artillery galloped through the intervals of the line, unlimbered, and went to work as if they were in downright earnest. Cited from Recollections of Europe, by J. Fenimore Cooper
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