- 1Extending or moving uniformly in one direction only; without a curve or bend: a long, straight roadMore example sentences
- At the end of the straight section, the road bends to the right and appears to go down slightly.
- There is a mistaken belief that it is a straight road, while in fact there is a slight bend.
- Two cars start off at the same point on a straight highway facing opposite directions.
- 1.1(Of hair) not curly or wavy.More example sentences
- After a quick survey of the room, she saw that she was one of a handful of women whose hair was straight rather than curly.
- I have long, straight hair and I don't want it to be curly so please keep that in mind.
- She watched as the rain rinsed off Evelyn's layers of make-up and her straight hair became frizzy curls.
- 1.2(Of a garment) not flared or fitted closely to the body: a straight skirtMore example sentences
- This consisted of a white fitted shirt, a blue straight skirt which came just above the knee and a blue sweatshirt and tie.
- They wore satin dresses with scalloped bodices and straight skirts and carried cream and cerise roses.
- The waitresses wear authentic Thai clothes and look elegant in their long straight skirts and blouses in silks of every hue of the rainbow.
- 1.3(Of an aim, blow, or course) going direct to the intended target: a straight punch to the faceMore example sentences
- Why is it that when you stop paddling a kayak, it turns sharply instead of maintaining a straight course?
- The driver shouted as he changed his straight course and headed directly at Mac.
- They showed strong inclinations to remain on a straight course, requiring constant input to turn or tilt.
- 1.4 Geometry (Of a line) lying on the shortest path between any two of its points.More example sentences
- On this is an arrangement of straight lines, circles and semi-circles.
- He produced a number of formulas for triangles, two sides of which were straight lines and the third was the arc of a circle.
- So the dots all lie along straight lines passing through the centre of the system of circles.
- 1.5(Of an arch) flat-topped.More example sentences
- A flat arch, also known as jack or straight arch, extends straight across an opening with no curvature, creating a horizontal emphasis.
- Some new longitudinal walls were made of yellow clay bricks with concrete straight arches for the doors.
- Each of the four straight arches is flanked on either side by an engaged Doric column and surmounted by an entablature.
- 2Properly positioned so as to be level, upright, or symmetrical: he made sure his tie was straightMore example sentences
- Your back should be reasonably straight and upright.
- Even his tie, blown to one side by a slight wind, was back to its normal straight position.
- The black tie was straight and positioned perfectly, giving him an overall very professional appearance.
- 2.1 [predic.] In proper order or condition: it’ll take a long time to get the place straightMore example sentences
- It took eight solid hours of cleaning to get the place straight.
- My maid is coming in the morning and I need to get the place straight so she can actually clean.
- I was pretty tired by evening - unpacking and trying to get the house straight had really taken it out of me, so instead of staying up to watch Big Brother, I went to bed early.
- 3Not evasive; honest: a straight answer thank you for being straight with meMore example sentences
- It was straight, forthright and honest, and, once the situation was resolved, there were no grudges and no problems.
- But the people he deals with are all evasive to the point that he can't get a straight answer.
- The only way to truly find out why would be to ask all the coaches how they voted and even then it might be hard to get a straight answer.
- 3.1Simple; straightforward: a straight choice between nuclear power and penuryMore example sentences
- This time, the message was simple and straight: You too will grow old one day.
- I wasn't going to be doing any watching so I thought it best to put it in simple, straight terms.
- On the issue of the replacement, the coach said it was not as simple as making a straight swap.
- 3.2(Of a look) bold and steady: he gave her a straight, no-nonsense lookMore example sentences
- She fixed Anna with a straight look, one she knew would be understood.
- The straight looks and answers she gives when asked about her ambitions leave no doubt that she thinks the sacrifice was worth it.
- 3.3(Of thinking) clear, logical, and unemotional.More example sentences
- With a little bit of focussed and straight thinking, it could be more suitable for what is essentially a children's band on this channel.
- The book combined good writing with straight thinking, and it would be a success, he predicted.
- 4 [attributive] In continuous succession: he scored his fourth straight winMore example sentences
- The Blues dominated the first-half, looking for their fifth straight win in succession at Vicarage Park.
- Speaking of United, their form continues to improve, with a fourth straight Premiership win.
- Game Three is Monday at Miami, where they have won 16 straight games.
- 5(Of an alcoholic drink) undiluted; neat: straight brandyMore example sentences
- By the age of 14 Annie was drinking straight vodka, smoking cannabis on a daily basis and almost never going to school.
- That makes it more difficult for employees to hide beer, wine, or straight liquor in a Styrofoam cup or shaded glass.
- I didn't want to just order a beer - how classic - or a glass full of straight vodka.
- 6(Especially of drama) serious as opposed to comic or musical: a straight playMore example sentences
- It's a great experience as there is a lot more latitude but I actually prefer dramas and straight thrillers.
- Though the subject matter is somewhat similar, this is a straight drama, devoid of comic moments and Seventies retro.
- It is a subject familiar to us from screwball farces, and one from which a straight drama could also be drawn.
- 7 • informal (Of a person) conventional or respectable: she looked pretty straight in her school clothesMore example sentences
- They are straight, decent guys; unassuming and happy to take whatever slings and arrows are on the pitch.
- They're so straight, some of these people, that you can see how stressed they are when it comes to asking for cannabis.
- They were very good people and very straight, honest people.
- 7.1Heterosexual.More example sentences
- But let's face it - straight people have the option to get married.
- One reader even suggested that an organization should be founded to encourage other straight people to do the same.
- I don't really care what it's called, but if non-religious straight people can get married, so should gays.
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- 1In a straight line; directly: he was gazing straight at her keep straight onMore example sentences
- The lid fell down with a great force straight on to my hand.
- Immediately after the causeway, head right through a gate and follow the lakeside path straight on then through woodland to reach a lane across your path.
- Follow the road straight on through the village passing the church on your left then follow Bankwell Road straight on.
- 1.1With no delay or diversion; directly or immediately: after dinner we went straight back to our hotel I fell into bed and went straight to sleepMore example sentences
directly, right, by a direct route, without deviating, in a beeline; as the crow flies, by the shortest routeright away, straight away, without delay, immediately, directly, at once, as soon as possible, a.s.a.p.; French tout de suite• archaic straightway, instanter
- And, unlike many, it is ready to use straight from the box, thus avoiding frustrating delays.
- I couldn't follow his flawed logic and I ordered him to drive straight there.
- He walked straight to the bar and ordered a double-whiskey.
- 2In or into a level, even, or upright position: he pulled his clothes straight sit up straight!More example sentences
- Stifling a cry of pain, she stiffly moved herself into a better position holding her arms straight as possible.
- Before he was even able to stand up straight he pulled her over towards an awaiting wagon.
- I pull my navy jumper straight and flex my fingers, ready to type.
- 3Correctly; clearly: I’m so tired I can hardly think straightMore example sentences
- When we are emotionally upset and complain that we can no longer think straight we are in fact quite correct.
- Europeans have to think straight, to talk honestly and recognise their commonality.
- So often she had been too drugged to think straight or she had been kept too busy to think.
- 3.1Honestly and directly; in a straightforward manner: I told her straight—the kid’s rightMore example sentences
frankly, directly, straight out, candidly, honestly, forthrightly, outspokenly, plainly, point-blank, bluntly, flatly, roundly, straight from the shoulder, with no holds barred, without beating about the bush, without mincing words, unequivocally, unambiguously, in plain English, to someone's face• informal pulling no punchesBritish • informal straight up
- You need to tell him straight and not make excuses; it's not your fault that you like another person and it's not as if you used to be going out with him, so it won't be so bad telling him. Just say I'm sorry, I don't feel the same.
- I think just tell them straight that you cannot take up their job offer.
- 4Without a break; continuously: he remembered working sixteen hours straightMore example sentences
- Who'd want to type for two hours straight only to get a fifteen-minute break?
- When the feeling or mood is right, I'll film two days straight without a break.
- We left the system on continuously for several days straight without any problem.
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- 1A part of something that is not curved or bent, especially a straight section of a racecourse: he pulled away in the straight to win by half a secondMore example sentences
- The field bunched up turning into the straight with over four furlongs to run and a host of horses were in with a chance.
- Woodbine, with big, sweeping turns and a long straight, is the perfect track for European horses.
- He kept his horse against the far rails all the way up the straight for a popular win in the Stanley Racing Handicap.
- 2(In poker) a continuous sequence of five cards.More example sentences
- The next person with a straight can guess a card.
- Each royal flush is 7 points, a straight flush is 6 points, straights are 4 points, and 4-of-a-kinds are 2 points.
- You can make pairs, triples, four-of-a-kinds, or straights.
- 3.1A heterosexual person.More example sentences
- I have heard both gays and straights say that bisexuals can exercise heterosexual privilege and live a straight life, enjoying all the rights that gays don't have.
- ‘There is no difference on average between the economic status of gays and lesbians and straights,’ Badgett says.
- Nobody knows what makes someone gay, lesbian, bisexual or straight.
- 4South African • informal (In township slang) a 750 ml bottle of alcoholic drink.[perhaps a transferred sense of US slang straight 'unadulterated whisky']More example sentences
- For instance I was shocked beyond words the other day when I eavesdropped on a casual conversation between a driver and his trusted companion on how they would be able to afford a straight of brandy if they unilaterally raised the commuter fare.
get something straight
- Make a situation clear, especially by reaching an understanding.More example sentences
- Therefore, please, through your newspaper, let's get the facts straight and clear so that everyone will know the correct position.
- So let's just get the facts straight about the whole refugee and asylum seeker situation.
- Just 35 percent of the respondents thought the press got their facts straight, compared with 45 percent previously; 56 percent said news coverage was inaccurate altogether.
- Live an honest life after being a criminal.More example sentences
- The court heard he had previous convictions for burglary and robbery, but had gone straight since his last release from prison in 2000.
- As for Simpson, Taylor said he had stolen cars as a young man but had since then gone straight, apart from stealing an engine in the mid-nineties.
a straight face
- A blank or serious facial expression, especially when trying not to laugh: my father kept a straight face when he jokedMore example sentences
- When I heard this, it was a strain for me to keep a straight face, because seriously, the idea is laughable!
- But I'm having a hard time keeping a straight face, thanks to the first book I'm trying to review.
- We honestly don't know how he can say these things with a straight face.
the straight and narrow
- The honest and morally acceptable way of living: he’s making a real effort to get back on the straight and narrow[a misinterpretation of Matt. 7:14, ‘Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it’]More example sentences
- The need to make a living keeps us on the straight and narrow, doesn't it?
- And that means that it's important to have police officers, of course, on the straight and narrow.
- Just the day before he died, he told us about the new life he longed for, his plans to start up his own business and settle down with a nice girl who would keep him on the straight and narrow.
- Immediately: the clerk recognized her straight awayMore example sentences
at once, right away, now, right now, this/that (very) minute, this/that instant, immediately, instantly, in/like a flash, directly, on the spot, forthwith, without further/more ado, promptly, quickly, without delay, then and there, there and then, here and now, a.s.a.p., as soon as possible, as quickly as possible, with all speed; North American in short order; French tout de suite• informal straight off, toot sweet, double quick, in double quick time, p.d.q. (pretty damn quick), pronto, before you can say Jack Robinson, from the word goNorth American • informal lickety-splitIndian • informal ekdam
- If you don't tell us straight away about any changes, you may not be getting all the money you are entitled to, or you could be building up an overpayment which you may have to pay back.
- Are graves filled in straight away after the burial?
a straight fight
- British A contest between just two opponents, especially in an election.More example sentences
- The Scottish Conservatives, with one MP, say the contest is a straight fight between themselves and Labour.
- It is clear that the General Election in Keighley is a straight fight between Labour and the Conservatives.
- The new battleground is overwhelmingly a straight fight between Labour and Conservatives, with the Tories challenging in 35 of the 43 seats involved.
straight from the shoulder
- 1 • dated (Of a blow) swift and well delivered.More example sentences
- My father had taught me to punch straight from the shoulder and had said, ‘Never hit anyone. But if you have to, hit them so hard they don't hit you back!’
- 2(Of words) frank or direct: sometimes he spoke straight from the shoulder and sometimes in puzzlesMore example sentences
- Sparked by straight from the shoulder comments from sitting MP Ann Cryer, there's a real hope that meaningful discussions can take place about the future direction of Keighley.
- If they had complaints, he wanted to hear them straight from the shoulder.
- My mail indicates that this country needs people who are willing to sit down and give straight from the shoulder advice.
straight off (or out)
- • informal Without hesitation or deliberation: Wendy drank half the bottle straight offMore example sentences
- If you're considering voting for them, you should ask your candidate straight out about this.
- I tell them straight out how I feel about animal testing and they have all felt the same way.
- Every time anyone ever calls me about magazines I just tell them straight off that I am not interested and hang up.
straight up • informal
- 1British Truthfully; honestly: come on, Bert, I won’t hurt you—straight upMore example sentences
- Straight up, I didn't laugh once during this entire flick!
- Well, let me tell you straight up: I've never changed my mind about the war.
- She had asked him straight up if there was anything going on between the two co-stars and he denied it.
- 2chiefly North American Unmixed; unadulterated: a dry martini served straight upMore example sentences
- This is a vodka to be drunk straight up, and one that is good for the martini drinker.
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- I think he genuinely doesn't understand why a nice straightish boy like me wants to go to gay clubs anyway.
- It was straightish, but it wasn't exactly perfect.
- It was her mother who broke the deadlock and marched her over to a beauty school to have the stylists turn her straightish hair into an Afro.
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- That gave me some confidence and I sat up more straightly.
- Position your body in a straightly aligned manner.
- ‘Stay here,’ he said as he stood up straightly and then turned towards the parking lot.
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- The range of speeds I mentioned is related to the straightness of the track.
- The overall architecture of the tree (i.e. trunk straightness, forking, and number of trunks) may also affect sap flow.
- Most importantly it is heterosexism that blinds people to understanding that gayness is almost identical to straightness.
Middle English (as an adjective and adverb): archaic past participle of stretch.