Значение идиомы in earnest

[in earnest] {adv.} or {adj. phr.} Seriously; in a determined way.

The beaver was building his dam in earnest.

Bill did hishomework in earnest.

– Often used like a predicate adjective. Sometimes used with “dead”, for emphasis.

Betty’s friends thoughtshe was joking when she said she wanted to be a doctor, but she was indead earnest.

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