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down East

noun
1.
New England.
2.
the state of Maine.
3.
Canadian. the Maritime Provinces.
adverb
4.
in, to, or into New England.
5.
in, to, or into the state of Maine.
6.
Canadian. in, to, or into the Maritime Provinces.
Origin of down East
1810-1820
1810-20, Americanism
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  • Now, I am an orthodox ruin, and the undutiful stepson of a down East alma mater.

    A Modern Instance William Dean Howells
  • All the boys say so down East—that is, the real bright boys.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • Ruth was not going to run the risk of losing another scenario, as she had once while down East.

  • "It was told to me down East, and they said it was absolutely true," was the answer.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
  • He looked like a typical Western man, and I was surprised that his speech had a "down East" tone.

    I Married a Ranger Dama Margaret Smith
  • Then there's Batch, president of the 'down East' road, as we call it.

    Coniston, Complete Winston Churchill
  • "Electric" is the down East term for trolley car, lines of which were passing and repassing the station.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Yes, he was certainly good-looking in his new suit from “down East.”

    The One-Way Trail Ridgwell Cullum
  • There is yet the remote island of Newfoundland, and we are pointed thither as still "down East."

  • I knew that he occasionally made a venture in lumber from down East.

    The Last Cruise of the Spitfire Edward Stratemeyer

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