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with full force.
at full speed.
suddenly; hastily.
exceedingly; greatly.
Historical Examples

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.
The Nibelungenlied Unknown

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.
The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886 Ministry of Education

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.
Hours of Exercise in the Alps John Tyndall

Then a work goes on amain, when the undertakers, whether they be few or many, all speak and think the same thing.
The Covenants And The Covenanters Various

(archaic or poetic) with great strength, speed, or haste

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


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