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straightaway

[streyt-uh-wey] /ˈstreɪt əˌweɪ/
adjective
1.
straight onward, without turn or curve, as a racecourse.
noun
2.
a straightaway course or part.
adverb
3.
immediately; right away.
Origin of straightaway
1870-1875
First recorded in 1870-75; from phrase straight away
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  • Not even Old Man Coyote can catch him in a straightaway race.

  • But with all his desperate need for haste he ran no straightaway course.

    Sundry Accounts

    Irvin S. Cobb
  • You can't give them the slip on a straightaway run, can you?

    Motor Matt's Mystery Stanley R. Matthews
  • In straightaway bursts they left our French brothers at the post.

    Huts in Hell Daniel A. Poling
  • I am willing to do so also, if you will make over the fortune by deed of gift to me straightaway.

    A Son of Perdition

    Fergus Hume
  • And as for the zig-zag, you said we should run a straightaway now and then to mix it up.

    The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth
  • Only a straightaway run for miles and hours could save her, if the hound were on her trail.

    Wild Folk

    Samuel Scoville
  • The straightaway hunt is more dangerous to the man than the moose.

British Dictionary definitions for straightaway

straightaway

/ˌstreɪtəˈweɪ/
adverb
1.
at once
noun
2.
the US word for straight (sense 30)
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