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*in earnest

with sincerity. (*Typically: act ~; be ~; speak ~.) I've done all the research I need. I spent the day writing the paper in earnest. Mary's comments were in earnest. She really meant them.

in earnest

with full effort and attention Peace talks began in earnest after four days of bloody fighting in September.
Usage notes: usually used to emphasize a change from a period of less effort or attention: The presidential campaign began in earnest on Labor Day.

in earnest

1. With purposeful or sincere intent, as in We settled down to study in earnest. [c. a.d. 1000]
2. Also, in dead earnest. Serious, determined, as in We thought he was joking, but he was in earnest, or I'm in dead earnest about selling the business. In the variant, from the late 1800s, dead means "completely" or "thoroughly" and is used purely for emphasis. [c. a.d. 1000]

in earnest

1. With a purposeful or sincere intent: settled down to study in earnest for the examination.
2. Serious; determined: "Both sides are deeply in earnest, with passions that approximate those of civil war" (Conor Cruise O'Brien).
References in classic literature ?
The earnest girl's train rumbled away over the bridge.
By my faith, madam,' says Robin, ''tis in vain to mince the matter or tell any more lies about it; I am in earnest, as much as a man is that's going to be hanged.
But if you don't profit by this visit, and act accordingly, you will find me as bitterly in earnest against you as I could be if I deemed you worth a second thought on my own account.
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As long as we are in a position of convening serious talks that are making progress," Earnest said the United States "would not arbitrarily or abruptly end them.
These are views the administration intends to convey directly to the Israelis," Mr Earnest said.
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Asked by reporters about Washington's response in the event of Syrian chemical weapons attack on Israel, Turkey or Jordan, Earnest said protecting the international norms against the use of chemical weapons is a priority of the US.
I wouldn't anticipate any major announcements related to our aid and assistance in the immediate aftermath of this meeting," Earnest said, noting Obama holds such meetings regularly.
The United States strongly condemns the use of violence against protesters in Egypt," Earnest told reporters.
We're horrified by the reports that more than 100 people were executed on May 2 a[bar]reportedly by regime forces," Earnest said.
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Melanie Earnest, 39, became infatuated with Ceri Hughes, a member of staff at Cardiff University's legal department, after taking a year out from her job as a South Wales Police sergeant to study law, magistrates in Caerphilly were told.