1 adverb
straight1 S1 W2

in a straight line

in a line or direction that is not curved or bent
straight ahead/at/down/in front of etc
The book is on the table straight in front of you.
She was looking straight at me.
Terry was so tired he couldn't walk straight.
He was sitting with his legs stretched straight out in front of him.


in a level or correct position:
He stopped in front of the mirror to put his tie straight.
Sit up straight, don't slouch.


immediately, without delay, or without doing anything else first
straight to/up/down/back etc
I went straight up to bed.
Go straight home and tell your mother.
straight after
I've got a meeting straight after lunch.

one after the other

happening one after the other in a series:
He's been without sleep now for three days straight.


also straight out if you say or ask something straight, you say it in an honest, direct way, without trying to hide your meaning:
I just told him straight that I wouldn't do it.
She came straight out with it and said she was leaving.
I hope for your sake you're playing it straight (=being honest).
I told him straight to his face (=speaking directly to him) what I thought of him.

think/see straight

if you cannot think or see straight, you cannot think or see clearly:
Turn the radio down, I can't think straight.

straight away

also straight off British English spoken immediately or without delay:
I phoned my mum straight away.

go straight

informal to stop being a criminal and live an honest life:
Tony's been trying to go straight for about six months.

straight up

a) used to ask someone if they are telling the truth:
Straight up? Did you really pay that much for it?
b) used to emphasize that what you are saying is true:
No, straight up, I've never seen him before.

straight from the shoulder

British English informal if someone speaks straight from the shoulder, they say things in a very direct way, without trying to be polite

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