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    Lightbulb You look rarely ...???

    Hi,everyone

    'And Maggie began to kiss Tom freely,"you look rarely! school agrees with you."
    Tom wished he had looked rather ill.'
    'The Mill on the Floss', George Eliot


    well, I'm stuck to this colored expression. Could anyone tell me what does it mean ?

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    Default Re: You look rarely ...???

    I am not a professional teacher, but this the Oxford English Dictionary's 3rd entry under "rarely"
    Unusually or remarkably well; finely, splendidly, excellently.
    It seems to be now either archaic or regional, judging by the usage examples cited in the OED.

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    Default Re: You look rarely ...???

    It's archaic in mainstream Br English, but may still be in use in the part of Dorsetshire that Hardy used as a backcloth to all (nearly all?) his novels.

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