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
2 : immediate


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

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
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, 10 Oct. 2019 Obviously, people always want to see results straightaway but that’s not how things work. San Diego Union-Tribune, 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, 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, 25 Apr. 2018 Why not go straightaway at China, do something specific against China rather than the entire aluminum and steel industry? Fox News, 11 Mar. 2018 All new players are judged, if not straightaway, then quickly. Rory Smith, New York Times, 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, 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, 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,, 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,, 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,, 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, 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, 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, 23 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Race cars circle the city, careening onto the straightaway on Boulevard Albert 1er, which Dugué’s apartment overlooks. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2022 On the final straightaway, Belgium's Bart Swings pulled away to capture the country's first gold medal at the Winter Olympics since 1948. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 19 Feb. 2022 Jason Lamy Chappuis of France overtakes American Johnny Spillane on the final straightaway for the gold medal, winning four-tenths of a second ahead of Spillane. Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2022 Your hands are securely and fully on the steering wheel, occasionally making microscopic adjustments to ensure that the vehicle remains stridently going straight ahead on this everlasting straightaway. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 6 Sep. 2021 Starters set the Roman sense of place straightaway. Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Then in the second with a runner on second, Austin Hays crushed a ball to straightaway center. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Apr. 2022 Sophomore second baseman Maya Wondaal hit a home run to straightaway center on the first pitch of the sixth inning. Michael Osipoff,, 5 Apr. 2022 Jaylen Clark made a corner three-pointer only to be topped by a deep, straightaway three-pointer from Love. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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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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