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straightaway

adverb straight·away \ ˌstrāt-ə-ˈwā \
|Updated on: 8 Jul 2018

Definition of straightaway

: without hesitation or delay

Examples of straightaway in a Sentence

  1. He found the information straightaway.

  2. he got to the hospital, and straightaway he was admitted and given intravenous fluids

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First Known Use of straightaway

1662

in the meaning defined above

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straightaway

adjective straight·away \ ˈstrāt-ə-ˌwā \

Definition of straightaway

1 : proceeding in a straight line : continuous in direction
2 : immediate

Examples of straightaway in a Sentence

  1. her first novel was a straightaway success

  2. the doomed ship was headed on a straightaway course in the path of the iceberg

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First Known Use of straightaway

1874

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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straightaway

noun straight·away \ ˈstrā-tə-ˌwā \

Definition of straightaway

: a straight course: such as
a : the straight part of a closed racecourse : stretch
b : a straight and unimpeded stretch of road or way

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First Known Use of straightaway

1878

in the meaning defined above

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STRAIGHTAWAY Defined for English Language Learners

straightaway

Definition of straightaway for English Language Learners

  • : without any delay


straightaway

Definition of straightaway for English Language Learners

  • : a straight part of a racecourse


STRAIGHTAWAY Defined for Kids

straightaway

adverb straight·away \ ˌstrā-tə-ˈwā \

Definition of straightaway for Students

: without delay : immediately
  • She found the hidden note straightaway.


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