Meaning of STRAIGHT in English


n. 25B6; adjective

a long, straight road : UNSWERVING, undeviating, linear, as straight as an arrow, uncurving, unbending.

that picture isn't straight : LEVEL, even, in line, aligned, square; vertical, upright, perpendicular; horizontal.

we must get the place straight : IN ORDER, (neat and) tidy, neat, shipshape (and Bristol fashion), orderly, spick and span, organized, arranged, sorted out, straightened out.

a straight answer : HONEST, direct, frank, candid, truthful, sincere, forthright, straightforward, plain-spoken, blunt, straight from the shoulder, unequivocal, unambiguous; informal upfront.

straight thinking : LOGICAL, rational, clear, lucid, sound, coherent.

three straight wins : SUCCESSIVE, in succession, consecutive, in a row, running; informal on the trot.

straight brandy : UNDILUTED, neat, pure; N. Amer. informal straight up.

(informal) she's very straight : RESPECTABLE, conventional, conservative, traditional, old-fashioned, strait-laced; informal stuffy, square, fuddy-duddy.

winding, crooked, untidy, evasive.

25B6; adverb

he looked me straight in the eyes : RIGHT, directly, squarely, full; informal smack, (slap) bang; N. Amer. informal spang, smack dab.

she drove straight home : DIRECTLY, right, by a direct route.

I'll call you straight back : RIGHT AWAY, straight away, immediately, directly, at once; archaic straightway.

I told her straight : FRANKLY, directly, candidly, honestly, forthrightly, plainly, point-blank, bluntly, flatly, straight from the shoulder, without beating about the bush, without mincing words, unequivocally, unambiguously, in plain English, to someone's face; Brit. informal straight up.

he can't think straight : LOGICALLY, rationally, clearly, lucidly, coherently, cogently.

25A0; go straight REFORM, mend one's ways, turn over a new leaf, get back on the straight and narrow.

25A0; straight away AT ONCE, right away, (right) now, this/that (very) minute, this/that instant, immediately, instantly, directly, forthwith, without further/more ado, promptly, quickly, without delay, then and there, here and now, a.s.a.p., as soon as possible, as quickly as possible; N. Amer. in short order; informal straight off, in double quick time, p.d.q., pretty damn quick, pronto, before you can say Jack Robinson; N. Amer. informal lickety-split; archaic straight, straightway.

25A0; straight from the shoulder . See straight adverb sense 4.

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