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directly (the sense ‘at once’, Ham. III. ii. 221 is not pre-S.)
1. straight John III. iv. 129, Cæs. IV. i. 32 “to run on,” Oth. III. iii. 408 “lead to the door of truth.”
2. without medium, immediately Mer.V. IV. i. 360, Wint. III. ii. 195, Oth. II. iii. 359 “To counsel Cassio . . . Directly to his good.”
3. straightforwardly Oth. IV. ii. 212, Cym. III. v. 113.
4. without ambiguity, plainly, pointedly 1H4 II. iii. 91 “answer me unto this question,” H5 V. ii. 130, Cor. IV. v. 197, Oth. II. i. 222 “ in love with him,” Cym. I. iv. 177.
5. exactly, precisely, just Tw.N. III. iv. 74, Cæs. I. ii. 3, Ham. III. iv. 210 “When in one line two crafts directly meet.”
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