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Muldoon knew he didn't stand a chance in a straight-up fight, not with these two.

Of course, she only meant bookcases on the straight-up walls.

A straight-up rider, the kind a fellow wants when Old Man Trouble comes knocking at the door.

You'll never know how a man's eyes ache to see a straight-up white man in this land of greasers.

"Pedro is a straight-up rider, but he ain't got it in him to master Teddy—no; nor no man ain't," contributed Yeager again proudly.

He's the goods—best of company, a straight-up rider, and a first-rate puncher.

Was he sitting or crouching, or whatever he was doing, in a straight-up position?

The way is then easy, but interesting, and leads to a straight-up crack in a wall in front of us that has to be negotiated.

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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