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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 ?
My first master will succeed me - I am in earnest at last - so you'll soon have to arrange our contracts, and to bind us firmly to them, like a couple of knaves.
He was so gravely in earnest that Francine burst out laughing.
Algernon is at least in earnest," she remarked drily.
the prospect from her window is not very instructive, for that room overlooks the lawn, you know, with the shrubbery on one side, where she may see her mother walking for an hour together in earnest conversation with Reginald.
The program began in earnest on November 6, when Ashcroft issued the first federal notice calling for nationals from five Muslim countries--Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Sudan--to register on or before December 16.
The targeting of Arab and Muslim non-citizens by law enforcement, particularly the FBI and INS, began in earnest in the mid-1970's.
LAFCO now needs to go the extra step, and come up with some percentages that we can use during the negotiations that will begin in earnest after the Valley is finally detached from downtown's umbilical cord.
Blair's recasting of the Government is now complete and the concentration on hard work and delivery can begin in earnest.
The show was an instant success, scoring an article in "Newsweek" magazine two weeks after the airing of the Fab Five's first straight guy makeover, and talk began in earnest soon after for a book to be developed.