Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Perpendicular; downright: specifically applied to a heavy fall of rain.
- Downright; direct; plain; flat: as, an even-down lie.
- Mere; sheer.
“For good, even-down tackling, and hard work, both in heading and clean kicking, Keir was one of the very best men who ever played football.”
“All in the sound of a high wind, broken now and then with a rain blattering even-down, and soaking through tartan and _clo-dubh_ we at it for dear life.”
“Ou, ay, a better girl ne'er broke her cake; but folks said this, and that, and to tell the even-down truth, they put your ain name, sir, wi 'hers -- and what but shame could come o' your name and her name in the same breath?”
“All that I have set down concerning myself, the reader may take on credit as open and even-down truth; but as to whether Taffy's master's nick-nackets be true or false, every one is at liberty, in this free country, to think for himself.”
“No weather can reach such cattle: it may be a storm of snow twenty feet deep, or an even-down pour of rain, washing the very cats off the house tops; when a weaver is shivering at his loom, with not a drop of blood at his finger nails, and”
“Almost on the entrance of the last of the group came down the deluge in one broad sheet, an "even-down pour," so loud and terrible, accompanied by a burst of hail, that they were threatened with an immediate invasion of their citadel through several crevices in both roof and windows.”
“Rain -- rain -- rain -- an even-down pour of rain, that forces upon you visions of Noah and his ark, and the top of Mount Ararat -- still, we beseech you, be happy.”
“As for the interment, there was nothing but even-down wastrie -- wax-candles blowing away in the wind, and flunkies as fou as pipers, and an unreverent mob that scarsely could demean themselves with decency as the body was going by; only the Duke of York, who carrit the head, had on no hat, which I think was the newest identical thing in the affair: but really there was nothing that could be recommended.”
“In the praying part, what he said was no objectionable as to the matter; but he drawled in his manner to such a pitch, that I thought he would have broken out into an even-down song, as I sometimes think of yourself when you spin out the last word in reading out the line in a warm summer afternoon.”
“The rain now condescended in even-down torrents, and thunder succeeded thunder in deep and terrific peals, whilst the roar of the gigantic echoes that deepened and reverberated among the glens and hollows,”
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