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something awful

Terribly. The phrase is used as an adverb to emphasize just how bad or intense something is. Thank you for taking out the trash—it sure smelled something awful! My ankle has hurt something awful ever since I slipped on the ice.
See also: awful, something

I'm terrible at names.

 and I'm awful at names.
I can't seem to remember anyone's name. (Said as an apology to someone whose name you have forgotten.) I'm terrible at names. Please tell me yours again. Haven't we met already? I'm awful at names.
See also: name, terrible
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DAME Beryl Bainbridge worked as a young actress with the Liverpool Rep, and years later she used memories of her experience at the Playhouse to write her novel An Awfully Big Adventure.
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He makes you feel the infinity of space and teaches the lesson that "we are awfully lucky to be here.