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direct question

a question asked in direct speech, such as Why did you come? Compare indirect question
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  • When Sammy pinned him down with a direct question, he let his bangs fall over his eyes, looked down at his feet, and went silent.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • To evade the direct question she was obliged to abandon her defiant attitude.

  • It was a matter upon which he was reticent, and with persons of his kind a direct question is never very discreet.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • It was as close to the direct question as Gordon Makimmon could bring himself.

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
  • He would settle one point to his own satisfaction at once, by one direct question.

    The Herapath Property J. S. Fletcher
  • “Well, Washington, let me put the direct question to you,” said the Baron.

    A House-Boat on the Styx John Kendrick Bangs
  • And the landlord evidently shared my wonder, for presently he plumped his customer with a direct question.

    Ravensdene Court J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher

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