straight out

[ streyt ]SEE DEFINITION OF straight out

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STRAIGHT OUT

It ran through the kitchen and then straight out the front door.

As if he couldn't have said straight out, 'Hands off my plunder!'

"I'll take him downstairs and straight out the front door," Chuck exclaimed.

Why couldn't I have said to him straight out, "Look here, what's the matter with you?"

Tell me straight out what it is, an' I'll tell you straight out what I'll do.

Your Aunt Maria is so straight out, nothing false about her.

"I'll tell him straight out that I'll have nothing to do with him," said I blandly.

No fencing, said this inward monitor, no circumlocution—get to it, straight out.

Straight out to sea went the boat, not fast, but relentlessly.

She had been wise not to begin lending him money, but to say at once, straight out, "No."

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "direct, undeviating, not crooked," properly "that which is stretched," adjectival use of Old English streht (altered, by analogy with streccan, from earlier streaht), past participle of streccan "to stretch" (see stretch (v.)). Meaning "true, direct, honest" is from 1520s. Of communication, "clear, unambiguous," from 1862. Sense of "undiluted, uncompromising" (e.g. straight whiskey, 1874) is American English, first recorded 1856.

Theatrical sense of "serious" (as opposed to popular or comic) is attested from 1895; vaudeville slang straight man first attested 1923. Go straight in the underworld slang sense is from 1919; straighten up "become respectable" is from 1907. Straight arrow "decent, conventional person" is 1969, from archetypal Native American brave name. To keep a straight face first recorded 1897; straight shooter is from 1928; straight-edge as a punk subculture is attested by 1987.

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