Meaning of STRAIGHT in English

STRAIGHT

I. adverb

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

an honest/straight answer

The honest answer is that I don’t know.

dead straight/flat

The countryside around here is dead flat all the way to the sea.

get your facts right/straight (= make sure that what you say or believe is correct )

You should get your facts straight before making accusations.

get/come (straight) to the point (= talk about the most important thing immediately )

I haven't got much time so let's get straight to the point.

in a straight line

Light travels in a straight line .

look straight/right through sb

I saw Fiona in the street yesterday and she looked straight through me.

sit up straight/sit upright (= with your back straight )

Sit up straight at the table, Maddie.

Stand up straight

Stand up straight and don’t slouch!

straight across (= without stopping )

They ran straight across the road .

straight after (= immediately after )

David went to bed straight after supper.

straight ahead

He stared straight ahead .

straight arrow

straight A’s (= all A’s )

Julia got straight A’s in high school.

straight line

Draw a straight line across the top of the page.

straight man

straight shooter

straight through

Carry on straight through the village.

straight through

He drove straight through a red light.

straight ticket

straight

Her nose was long, straight and elegant.

straight

a girl with long straight hair

straight/dead ahead (= straight in front )

The river is eight miles away dead ahead.

straight/right past (= used to emphasize that someone passes close to you and does not stop )

Monica hurried straight past me and down the steps.

straight/right/clean through

The bullet passed straight through his skull.

took to...straight away

Sandra took to it straight away .

walk straight/right into sth

I walked right into a mob of maybe 50 young white guys.

walk straight/right into sth

You walked right into that one!

walk straight/right/bang etc into sth

Zeke wasn’t looking and walked straight into a tree.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ VERB

come

Both senior officers had felt it right to come straight to him.

There was a track coming straight at me.

He'd come straight from the fields, his smell was more what the child was used to.

It's a scenario that could have come straight out of Hollywood, and quite possibly did.

It was clear that the pilot was aiming to come straight over this time.

One of the men came straight up to me and grabbed the kids.

The sheep come straight in from the damp outdoors but infection must be kept at bay.

It is suggested that the answer to ties comes straight from long-term memory.

drive

She drove straight to the manor-house in Surrey.

He was apparently planning to rent a car and drive straight to Verona.

When a policewoman got out of the vehicle he rammed it and drove straight into a wall which was demolished.

For six years we lived under the threat that the M18 could be driven straight through the centre.

The car was driven straight from a studio photo session to the world's fastest track.

The weather began to turn bad, and we drove ... drove straight into this storm, or something.

It missed Coffin, who jumped back, then drove straight at Charley.

As long as they're in credit they drive straight through.

fly

When turning inbound after carrying out these procedures, simply fly straight to the station.

This meant flying straight in to the airport and landing facing south.

But Boston was socked in, so the plane flew straight to Frankfurt from Philadelphia.

If they could fly straight away their parents would never find them and they would starve?

The green bird flew straight down to it, its shadow confused and doubled by the moons.

Very few fly straight into the roost; most of the ravens are in no hurry to land.

go

I went straight to Rella's box.

Calming myself I took it page by page, instead of going straight to the Rrap as I usually do.

I took a quick look around, then went straight to the guest room.

Harriet had gone straight into property after her A's and left home, funnily enough, before she did.

They went straight to the hospital.

Returning to the Hilton, they went straight up to the suite.

If the engine fails on take-off, keep going straight ahead and crash land.

head

Then it headed straight for the nearest suitable planet and effected a landing.

The instant the tasting was over, the count headed straight for the airport.

He was headed straight for jail.

I headed straight for the kitchen.

We head straight into the morning sun.

When the Taylors reached Paris, they headed straight there.

The Sun he bought long ago from Hugh Cudlipp was a misbegotten creation heading straight for the abattoir.

And all reasons for not heading straight for the bank.

look

I lifted up my glass of wine and looked straight into her eyes over the rim.

Maria continued to look straight ahead.

Mac sat quietly in the back, looking straight in front of him.

He was just lying in the road, looking straight up.

If not, she will pretend to look straight through him and pick at a plant leaf hoping he will go away.

She looked straight at him as if nothing had happened in the night.

For a moment they look straight into each other's eyes.

Failing to communicate anything helpful to Marcello, the little Umbrian angel looks straight at the camera, and at us.

point

He took an involuntary pace forward and raised the shotgun to point straight at Angel One's face.

Her doll sits stiffly, pointed straight ahead at the fixtures that emerge from the wall.

Then the rod-man screamed, arm pointing straight ahead at the surf.

It was pointing straight at him now.

I purchased a dedicated Pentax flashgun with an adjustable flash head which could be adjusted to point straight ahead or angled upwards.

He is pointing straight at William, who has his hand up.

Now keep it there and bend your body gradually sideways to the right, keeping your right arm pointing straight down.

Its barrel was pointing straight at her.

run

But at the front door I ran straight into a group of soldiers.

The road made a last sharp turn and ran straight west along the shoreline into Angle Inlet.

Jo ran straight up to her room and fell on the bed.

I seen blood, and with his screaming, I panicked and ran straight to our house.

When they got back to his London flat, she ran straight to the bedroom.

Vick couldn't run straight ahead, and he couldn't turn the corner.

The road ran straight across the desert for twenty miles.

Emmitt will run straight ahead, tackle to tackle.

shoot

All you have to do is get up close, keep your temper, and shoot straight .

I hit a limb and the ball shot straight left.

I reckon he might have been too dazzled by the glitter around him even to shoot straight .

As the bosses of their own firm, their learning curve has shot straight up.

But the target is no longer there -- even City Hall, until lately, hasn't been able to shoot straight .

Any attempt to shoot straight out will rip yer bottom out!

Morey would shoot straight with me; he always has.

sit

She switches the light on in her room, and I go in and sit straight down on the chair.

Suddenly, he sat straight up.

Pearl had sat straight in her chair; her hands overturned on her knees.

On hearing a noise, he and Barnabas sat straight up, seeing only a silhouette in the doorway.

stand

He stood straight like an elegant, modern building with his large, black hands gently hanging by his lower body.

A small sheet of paper, ripped from a sketch pad: Hair that stands straight up.

He stood straight and still, breathing hard as if he were steeling himself to do something.

He stood straight and his brow lifted enough so we could see his eyes.

The Soviet boy stands straight , and salutes us with a stern expression on his face.

With his bladder about ready to burst, Gao Yang could barely stand straight , let alone speak.

He stands straight , like they do just before the game.

Go to a wall and stand straight with your back against it.

stare

Turning her head, she stared straight into Leo's eyes.

He grunted a little and then stared straight ahead.

The occupants of the car in front were staring straight ahead, not talking to each other, very tense.

She clamps her jaw shut and stares straight ahead.

All four rabbits were now staring straight at him.

Squeezing his trembling lips shut, he stared straight ahead.

His arms seem bolted to each arm rest and he is staring straight ahead at a television computer game.

She sits on the couch in the locker room staring straight ahead as the others trade jokes.

talk

Today it tends to be a more exclusive activity in which theologians talk straight to each other and down to the faithful.

The Nineties belong to those who can talk straight .

think

Since that day she had not been able to sleep, or to think straight .

The buzz made it hard to think straight .

Then she might - just might - be able to think straight .

You are horrified, you can not think straight , as you stare at the broken body.

One could never think straight when the body's ills took all one's attention.

I - I can't think straight .

But I wasn't thinking straight .

If I'd been able to think straight five years ago, I'd never have married you.

walk

But, this time, she was not going to walk straight into the trap.

It was as if she left one movie and walked straight into another.-You all right?

I feel rather that we would be walking straight into a trap.

He was walking straight toward the van.

Beatrix had set a trap for Maurice and he had walked straight into it.

Newland Archer walked straight home again that afternoon.

It is in danger either of making knowledge impossible or of walking straight into one of our sceptical arguments.

He walked straight out on to the river.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

(straight/right) from the horse's mouth

give it to sb straight

He gives it to you straight.

Listen, Dan, let me give it to you straight, as I see it.

have your head screwed on (straight/right)

Cloughie probably gets closest to it - not he himself but the No. 9 seems to have his head screwed on.

She seemed to have her head screwed on right, even if she was a girl.

high-backed/straight-backed/low-backed etc

keep a straight face

"I think I've lost that camera you lent me," I said, trying to keep a straight face .

Barbara tried to keep a straight face , but in the end she just couldn't help laughing.

He looked so ridiculous -- I don't know how I managed to keep a straight face .

She looked so ridiculous it was hard to keep a straight face .

When reading some of the competition entries, it was hard to keep a straight face .

With a completely straight face , Thomas announced he was joining the Girl Guides.

For the first hundred yards we keep straight faces .

How can you say that and keep a straight face ?

I keep a straight face and the composure of a chemist dispensing a prescription.

I try and keep a straight face , but I can't help grinning at myself.

It was very difficult to keep a straight face .

The old trick of keeping a straight face was failing him these days.

put sb straight/right

put sth straight

set sb straight/right

Someone had to set Dave straight on company policies and procedures.

set/put the record straight

Having set the record straight there is a paradox.

He sets the record straight by a thorough reconsideration of Addison's Cato, that tragedy constantly overrated at the time.

I want to set the record straight.

Or a desire to put the record straight?

Taylor was given the perfect platform to set the record straight at yesterday's press conference.

They have a duty to set the record straight, otherwise they are conniving at falsehood.

straight/stiff as a ramrod

Said he was as stiff as a ramrod and would get nowhere, but he's pretty hard on people anyway.

think straight

He was so dazed by all he had just been through that he couldn't think straight.

I - I can't think straight.

One could never think straight when the body's ills took all one's attention.

Since that day she had not been able to sleep, or to think straight.

Sooner or later he would be too exhausted to think straight and would give up the fight against himself.

The buzz made it hard to think straight.

Then she might - just might - be able to think straight.

You are horrified, you can not think straight, as you stare at the broken body.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Harry was so drunk he couldn't see straight .

If you look straight ahead, you'll see the church in the distance.

It's rained for eight days straight .

Jane was walking purposefully along the hall, straight towards us.

Terry was so drunk he couldn't walk straight .

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Course two hundred ten degrees straight in for the central promontory.

His gaze appeared to be fixed straight ahead, and he seemed utterly at peace with himself and his surroundings.

Serve immediately straight from the soufflé dish.

When at last it came, he carried it straight up to his bedroom and hid it under the wardrobe.

II. adjective

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

dead

I even resorted to going to a hairdresser who guaranteed that I'd emerge with dead straight hair.

His favourite was in bright print patchwork, and he wore it dead straight , one inch above his eyebrows.

They are dead straight and can be dowsed across country.

You go straight forward in a dead straight line.

He keeps going in a dead straight line.

He takes a quick kick dead straight towards goal ... which shearer runs on to and scores.

After running dead straight for about 160 metres, the Royal Road reaches the modern road from Heraklion.

A peeled fine-grained stick, dead straight .

■ NOUN

answer

Then I want a straight answer .

Tommy gave straight answers and expected them in return.

I also want a straight answer on Charlie Northrup.

Designed to provide a straight answer to a straight question as fast as possible.

Now that was a straight answer .

You just have to give a straight answer .

choice

Given a straight choice , I'd rather sit by a slug.

Jack had been faced with a straight choice and he had chosen his career.

day

A nice, straight day with the family - that seemed morally appropriate.

The Big Hurt missed his sixth straight day of workouts and was scheduled to speak with owner Jerry Reinsdorf.

The bond market, which thrives on slow growth and low inflation, rallied Wednesday for the second straight day .

It marked the second straight day the 30-year bond price has fallen a point or more.

edge

Positive curvature of edges can be trimmed away, if necessary, to give straight edges in plan.

Many straight edges can be joined by picking up the edges, right sides together, on to the needlebed.

As it cooks, neaten the sides with a spatula to build up a deep, straight edge .

Use a board or a line as a guide when cutting straight edges or a length of hose pipe for curves.

The only straight edges were on the television, which was even housed in a hideous gilt cabinet.

Why not lay in the line of tempera, holding the brush against a straight edge , such as a ruler.

He slammed the straight edge into his opponent's face, taking him between top lip and nostrils.

Called Dual Control, it calculates where to lower or raise the plough to get a straight edge on the headland.

face

The old trick of keeping a straight face was failing him these days.

Kemp is straining to maintain a straight face .

How can you say that and keep a straight face ?

It was very difficult to keep a straight face .

I keep a straight face and the composure of a chemist dispensing a prescription.

We start with safe conversation and straight faces .

Thkarni she said with a straight face .

The plot is one that you can hardly repeat with a straight face .

game

The Bruins had won five straight games decided by eight points or less.

Pavel Bure scored two goals, but it wasn't enough to prevent Florida from losing its fourth straight game .

Spellman, in the second year of a four-year, $ 11. 6 million contract, had missed five straight games .

Kirk McLean made 39 saves as the Rangers lost their third straight game .

So the Bears were left to search for silver linings after losing their third straight game .

Cam Neely, who has 25 goals, missed his second straight game because of hip, foot and wrist ailments.

He will miss his second straight game when the Kings play Edmonton tonight at the Forum.

So much for that stat about Anthony Bookman and Mike Mitchell each rushing for more than 100 yards in three straight games .

hair

By Tina at Marc Young Maximum root lift and volume achieved on long, straight hair .

And perms, our straight hair tortured into frizz for the Christmas or Easter gathering and the requisite smiling photograph.

I even resorted to going to a hairdresser who guaranteed that I'd emerge with dead straight hair .

He was absorbed in eating, and his blond, straight hair fell forward over his forehead.

She was a plain girl, with straight hair and thin limbs and a mathematical turn of mind.

As mine was a redemptive story about fair hair , hers was one about straight hair.

The lad intrigued him, with his curiously flattened nose, like a cat's, and his extremely coarse straight hair .

Laz pumps my hand in a blustering manner that sends his straight hair bobbing over his ruddy face.

line

All objects have a propensity to move in straight lines , upwards or downwards, towards their natural place.

Bobbie favored straight lines over detours, but in her own way she too knew how to adapt.

The beam carried on in a straight line , and hit the point where the bullseye ought to have been.

Imagine yourself centred along a straight line running from the top of your head to your feet.

To draw a conchoid of a straight line: Select a point A that is not on the straight line .

A road goes straight , rivers meander; houses are in straight lines , trees irregular.

An image is convex if every straight line with both ends in the image is actually entirely in the image.

loss

After seven straight losses here, and almost eight, no one in the traveling party was feeling too nostalgic.

This is exactly the sort of collapse that keyed their six straight losses in the last two months of last season.

It was the Hokies' eighth straight loss .

nose

A round face with a high forehead, blue eyes, short straight nose , a mantle of shining, fair hair.

Gliding by they showed their fair faces, their committed brows and straight noses .

The boy grew into a man with blue eyes, a long straight nose , and dark red hair.

Her face was perfect: high cheekbones, a straight nose and a lush mouth.

Thick dark hair, large eyes, pale unblemished skin, sculpted planes of the face, straight noses , strong mouths.

She wore no make-up but had classic features, a straight nose , full lips and fine eyes.

Dark hair, brown eyes, straight nose , not too short.

She had a wide, full mouth, a straight nose , and the same piercing blue eyes as her brother.

path

In a magnetic field, a moving charged particle is deflected from the straight path along which it was travelling.

I have believed in carving a straight path to my objective and following that path.

I am, in the mid-course of my life, looking for the straight path through the trees.

Science is a logical pursuit but progress in science does not necessarily, or even usually, follow a straight path .

Or like the Vicar they keep to the straight path because vice is more arduous than virtue.

But that doesn't put Tommaso himself on a straight path .

The circle was divided into four equal segments by two straight paths; she took one of the paths .

It has no component of curvature lying in the surface, which makes it the straightest path possible over the surface.

road

It was a straight road , the kind of road that leads to a temple or a sacred monument.

The Lakers also missed a chance to win their eighth straight road game, something they last accomplished in 1973.

One long straight road runs like a main vein down the arm of Grand Isle.

The enclosure turned the Broyle into the landscape of ploughland bisected by long straight roads that it still remains.

The landscape of straight roads , often unfenced, and of small geometrical plantations, is characteristic of this late period.

He waited, seeing it well out of sight down the straight road .

He used it even though there was now a good straight road running along the edge of the forest.

set

It was over in less than an hour with Christina winning in straight sets .

Edberg succumbed with minimal resistance, losing in straight sets .

year

The company, the world's largest manufacturer of commercial aircraft, has experienced five straight years of record orders.

But Bergman fizzled for the second straight year .

Seattle has enjoyed a sun-splashed monsoon season for the second straight year , and temperatures topped 50 F on Wednesday.

In the meantime, the one matchup which most local prep football fans long for went unplayed for the eighth straight year .

For the second straight year , Major-League Baseball held a World Series.

Smith, the former Tulsa coach, is in the Sweet 16 for the third straight year .

He made the Pro Bowl for a fifth straight year after leading the Steelers in tackles and tackles for losses.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Straight men often feel nervous in the company of gays.

straight teeth

a straight line

Anne loved Rome, with its open spaces and long straight avenues.

Did you do it? Just give me a straight yes or no.

First, draw two straight lines across the page using a ruler.

Her hair is blonde and very straight .

Here's your dollar back - now we're straight .

How about a straight swap, my "U2" album for this one?

I've asked several people what happened, but no one will give me a straight answer.

I can't stand it when your friends come to visit - they're so straight .

I don't care what you've done, Mike - just be straight with me.

I like my vodka straight .

Paul's quite nice but he's awfully straight .

She's straight but she's got a lot of lesbian friends.

The crash occurred on a straight section of the highway.

The New York Rangers have won seven straight games.

The road ran dead straight for 50 miles across the desert.

Tony Blair stated that he was 'a pretty straight kind of guy'.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

All the posts stood erect and unblemished in a dead straight line.

He will miss his second straight game when the Kings play Edmonton tonight at the Forum.

How difficult, they reasoned, could a straight quarter-mile be compared to driving 500 miles on an oval track?

It is a closely-packed map with hardly a straight line or an empty space in it.

Johnston has played in 149 straight games and started in 90 of the last 91.

She realized that she wasn't walking in a straight line and was unsteady on her feet.

III. noun

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

(straight/right) from the horse's mouth

give it to sb straight

He gives it to you straight.

Listen, Dan, let me give it to you straight, as I see it.

have your head screwed on (straight/right)

Cloughie probably gets closest to it - not he himself but the No. 9 seems to have his head screwed on.

She seemed to have her head screwed on right, even if she was a girl.

keep a straight face

"I think I've lost that camera you lent me," I said, trying to keep a straight face .

Barbara tried to keep a straight face , but in the end she just couldn't help laughing.

He looked so ridiculous -- I don't know how I managed to keep a straight face .

She looked so ridiculous it was hard to keep a straight face .

When reading some of the competition entries, it was hard to keep a straight face .

With a completely straight face , Thomas announced he was joining the Girl Guides.

For the first hundred yards we keep straight faces .

How can you say that and keep a straight face ?

I keep a straight face and the composure of a chemist dispensing a prescription.

I try and keep a straight face , but I can't help grinning at myself.

It was very difficult to keep a straight face .

The old trick of keeping a straight face was failing him these days.

put sb straight/right

put sth straight

set sb straight/right

Someone had to set Dave straight on company policies and procedures.

set/put the record straight

Having set the record straight there is a paradox.

He sets the record straight by a thorough reconsideration of Addison's Cato, that tragedy constantly overrated at the time.

I want to set the record straight.

Or a desire to put the record straight?

Taylor was given the perfect platform to set the record straight at yesterday's press conference.

They have a duty to set the record straight, otherwise they are conniving at falsehood.

straight/stiff as a ramrod

Said he was as stiff as a ramrod and would get nowhere, but he's pretty hard on people anyway.

think straight

He was so dazed by all he had just been through that he couldn't think straight.

I - I can't think straight.

One could never think straight when the body's ills took all one's attention.

Since that day she had not been able to sleep, or to think straight.

Sooner or later he would be too exhausted to think straight and would give up the fight against himself.

The buzz made it hard to think straight.

Then she might - just might - be able to think straight.

You are horrified, you can not think straight, as you stare at the broken body.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Wittman wrote: Much of our sexuality has been perverted through mimicry of straights, and warped from self-hatred.

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.