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amain

[uh-meyn] /əˈmeɪn/
adverb, Archaic.
1.
with full force.
2.
at full speed.
3.
suddenly; hastily.
4.
exceedingly; greatly.
Origin of amain
1530-1540
1530-40; a-1 + main1
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  • amain I did for the horse what I would neither do for earl or baron, doffed my hat; yes!

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • amain I did for the horse what I would neither do for earl nor baron, doffed my hat; yes!

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • Then would he rush upon him / but that him did restrain Hildebrand his uncle / who seizéd him amain.

  • Accordingly, just before the others came back, I felt a strong pull on my line and hauled in amain.

    Hawthorne and His Circle Julian Hawthorne
  • To recover they were fain, But now did Alvar Fañez on their rearward fall amain.

    The Lay of the Cid R. Selden Rose
  • The stormy blast of hell With restless fury drives the spirits on Whirl'd round and dash'd amain with sore annoy.

    The Vision of Hell, Part 3 Dante Alighieri
  • On Astur's throat Horatius right firmly press'd his heel, And thrice and four times tugg'd amain, ere he wrench'd outthe steel.

  • Meanwhile the search went on amain, and was extended presently to the very bedroom where the dead Sir Richard lay.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • Amid these we cautiously pick our way, winding round the towers or scaling them amain.

  • Then a work goes on amain, when the undertakers, whether they be few or many, all speak and think the same thing.

British Dictionary definitions for amain

amain

/əˈmeɪn/
adverb
1.
(archaic or poetic) with great strength, speed, or haste
Word Origin
C16: from a-² + main1
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Word Origin and History for amain
adv.

1530s, from main (adj.) by analogy with other words in a- (e.g. afoot).

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