Definition of straightaway in English:

straightaway

Syllabification: straight·a·way
Pronunciation: /ˌstrādəˈwā
 
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adverb

variant spelling of straight away at straight.
More example sentences
  • The Inspector, who was also at the meeting, urged anyone finding drugs paraphernalia, including burned tin foil and syringes, to contact the police straightaway.
  • Child protection officers will be under instructions to report any allegations straightaway to Mr Morris and to appropriate authorities such as police and social services.
  • Linda took the courageous decision to waive her anonymity in the hope of encouraging other victims of sexual and physical abuse to report their situations to the police straightaway.
Synonyms
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, as soon as possible, as quickly as possible, in short order
informal straight off, pretty damn quick, PDQ, ASAP, pronto, lickety-split
archaic straightway

adjective

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Extending or moving in a straight line.
More example sentences
  • Alley hit a sinking line drive to straightaway center field that got by Day, who dived to make a sprawling catch but came up short.
  • However, it was the distance to straightaway center field - 560 feet - that undoubtedly helped Delahanty collect his four inside-the-park homers.
  • He is not a natural center fielder, and the depth of the balls hit to straightaway center are often the toughest to judge.

noun

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A straight section of a road or racetrack.
More example sentences
  • Because of the long straightaways, the cars carry a lot of speed into the flat and sharp turns, which is where you'll see a lot of wrecks.
  • The track has four distinct turns and straightaways, a layout unchanged since the facility opened in 1909.
  • It will be crucial to have a basic understanding of how to tweak car components for the best possible results during a race, tweaking for straightaways, hills, corners, and so forth.

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