straight·​away | \ˌstrāt-ə-ˈwā \

Definition of straightaway 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: without hesitation or delay


straight·​away | \ˈstrāt-ə-ˌwā \

Definition of straightaway (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : proceeding in a straight line : continuous in direction

2 : immediate


straight·​away | \ˈstrā-tə-ˌwā \

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


He found the information straightaway. he got to the hospital, and straightaway he was admitted and given intravenous fluids


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

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

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 Both of Bruce's homers came off Texas ace Yu Darvish, with the two drives just over the wall by the Mets slugger coming a night after he was robbed of a home run by Jared Hoying's leaping catch in straightaway center field. Stephen Hawkins,, "Bruce hits 2 homers, Mets top Rangers 4-3 on error in 9th," 8 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing driver held off two Andretti Autosport contenders down the final straightaway to add a Freedom 100 win to his resume. Jordan Guskey, Indianapolis Star, "Colton Herta wins Indy Lights’ Freedom 100," 25 May 2018 Completion of a 4, 600-foot straightaway and a vehicle testing building at the Dearborn test track is announced. Detroit Free Press, "Key moments in Ford, Detroit train station history," 16 June 2018 Tuesday’s flat leg with its four-kilometer finish — the longest straightaway to conclude a leg on this Tour— was perfect terrain for the budding rivals to break the tie. Joseph Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Gaviria beats Sagan again to claim 2nd Tour win on Stage 4," 10 July 2018 Quick-Step hunted down the breakaway to set up Gaviria, who powered his way down the final meters of the 4-kilometer finish — the longest straightaway to conclude a leg on this Tour. Joseph Wilson,, "Colombia’s Fernando Gaviria wins Stage 4 of Tour de France," 10 July 2018 Puddles formed all over the track -- mostly in places of low elevation and straightaways -- causing cars to hydroplane. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Rain delays Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama," 22 Apr. 2018 On a straightaway, the motors can channel air under the wing for low drag. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Future of Automotive Aerodynamics," 19 June 2018 The triangular racing surface is 2.5 miles long with different banking in all three turns and a long front straightaway that produces rocket speeds. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Halfway home, Harvick, Kyle Busch set Cup Series pace, winning nine of 13 races," 31 May 2018 The 220 used to be on a straightaway and the 440 around one curve. Jerry Soifer,, "100 years of the state track meet: from future Olympic heroes to Johnny Mathis, a tapestry of talent," 29 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of straightaway

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: without any delay



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

: a straight part of a racecourse


straight·​away | \ˌstrā-tə-ˈwā \

Kids Definition of straightaway

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

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obstinately defiant of authority

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