straight·​away | \ ˌstrāt-ə-ˈwā How to pronounce straightaway (audio) \

Definition of straightaway

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: without hesitation or delay


straight·​away | \ ˈstrāt-ə-ˌwā How to pronounce straightaway (audio) \

Definition of straightaway (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : proceeding in a straight line : continuous in direction


straight·​away | \ ˈstrā-tə-ˌwā How to pronounce straightaway (audio) \

Definition of straightaway (Entry 3 of 3)

: 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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Examples of straightaway in a Sentence

Adverb He found the information straightaway. he got to the hospital, and straightaway he was admitted and given intravenous fluids Adjective her first novel was a straightaway success the doomed ship was headed on a straightaway course in the path of the iceberg
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb But that’s not what’s happening when uninformed and inexperienced e-scooter riders injure themselves straightaway. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Technology Sabotaged Public Safety," 10 Oct. 2019 Obviously, people always want to see results straightaway but that’s not how things work. San Diego Union-Tribune, "AP Exclusive: Ben Simmons fell in love with basketball again," 25 Sep. 2019 The idea was to design algorithms that would recognize interesting phenomena encountered in the rover's surroundings during traverses and either notify the science team on Earth asking for instructions or examine those phenomena straightaway. Jacek Krywko, Ars Technica, "To make Curiosity (et al) more curious, NASA and ESA smarten up AI in space," 16 July 2018 Leaders of big corporations are confident people; they are used to making decisions quickly and implementing them straightaway. Christopher Chabris And Matthew Brown, WSJ, "Starbucks’s Troubles Can Be a Test for Anti-Bias Training: Does It Work?," 25 Apr. 2018 Why not go straightaway at China, do something specific against China rather than the entire aluminum and steel industry? Fox News, "McCarthy talks FISA investigation, House school safety bill," 11 Mar. 2018 All new players are judged, if not straightaway, then quickly. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Shoves and Shouts Mar a Winning Debut at Anfield," 5 Jan. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Austin Barnes led the inning off with a double against left-hander John Means, the Orioles’ only All-Star this season, before A.J. Pollock swatted the seventh pitch of his at-bat over the wall in straightaway center field. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers’ bullpen stumbles again in loss to Orioles," 11 Sep. 2019 Hosmer lined a ball to straightaway center field that Juan Lagares overran coming in and had to reach backward while leaping to make the catch. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres can’t take care of first; Mets ride deGrom to series win," 25 July 2019 Trailing by five runs in the eighth inning, Lavarnway blasted a 428-foot, two-run homer to straightaway center field. Bobby Nightengale,, "Catcher Ryan Lavarnway sets records in his Cincinnati Reds debut," 20 July 2019 Minnesota posted another four runs in the third with Cave knocking an RBI double and Mauer hitting a three-run homer to straightaway center field off the batter's eye. Brian Hall,, "Twins hit Nathan Eovaldi hard, hold off Rays 11-8," 14 July 2018 Alfaro lined a two-run double in the fourth inning to open a 4-0 lead and crushed a solo homer to straightaway center field in the sixth. Scott Lauber,, "Nick Pivetta picks up much-needed win in Phillies' victory over Orioles," 12 July 2018 With three on in the fifth inning, the Phillies’ Carlos Santana drove a deep fly ball to straightaway center field. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Giants outfielder dropped his HR-robbing catch attempt at the worst possible time," 7 May 2018 Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus connected for his 20th home run of the season Wednesday afternoon, sending a towering drive over the wall in straightaway center field in the first inning of a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Andrus goes deep for first career 20-homer season," 6 Sep. 2017 Grandal drove a full-count fastball from Lynn over the wall in straightaway center field with two outs in the first inning. Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register, "Logan Forsythe’s walk-off double gives Dodgers 2-1 win in 13 innings," 23 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When an inmate tests positive and is isolated, their old cellmate is given a new bunk buddy straightaway, all but ensuring two more infections. Amber Hunt, The Enquirer, "COVID cases climb in Ohio prisons, worrying families and those employed to serve prisoners," 7 Aug. 2020 Lamb jacked his shot with two outs in the second inning, a no-doubter that easily cleared the fence to almost straightaway center field, landing at the base of the only tree beyond Trabanino’s fence. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Two homers help hand NASA Area LL D-backs championship title," 5 Aug. 2020 Morant’s straightaway 3 glanced off the rim, and the Pelicans recovered the rebound. Christian Clark,, "3 points: Zion 'feels alive' as Pelicans get new life in playoff race," 3 Aug. 2020 Smoak hit a two-run home run to straightaway center field that Keon Broxton had a bead on but just missed pulling back with a leap at the wall. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Much to their delight, Brewers' first 'game action' at Miller Park was a roof-closed affair," 8 July 2020 After a brief appearance on FM 2351, the parade turned left onto Sunset for about 40 yards, before turning right onto the long straightaway of Pine Hollow. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Festive bite-size parades hit the city streets to celebrate America’s birthday," 4 July 2020 Stuck, 50, himself a two-time winner at the Circuit de la Sarthe and a starter in 74 Grands Prix, is determined to hit 170 mph on the Nordschleife's looming straightaway, rain be damned. Aaron Robinson, Car and Driver, "2001 BMW X5 Le Mans Concept Had the V-12 Heart of a McLaren F1," 16 June 2020 Those hundreds of acres come to life and what was once pure competition turns into a full-fledged party, transforming the straightaway into a shrinking tunnel. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Why fans are vital to the Indy 500: 'A 500 without fans is a 500 I don't wanna race'," 13 June 2020 Limited straightaways and speed lead to dangerous passes in sections with double yellow lines. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Long-delayed repairs will begin this week on a Mat-Su road known for fatal crashes," 14 May 2020

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First Known Use of straightaway


1662, in the meaning defined above


1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1878, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of straightaway was in 1662

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“Straightaway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of straightaway

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: without any delay


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English Language Learners Definition of straightaway (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US : a straight part of a racecourse


straight·​away | \ ˌstrā-tə-ˈwā How to pronounce straightaway (audio) \

Kids Definition of straightaway

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

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