straight-from-the-shoulder

[ streyt-fruhm-thuh-shohl-der ]
/ ˈstreɪt frəm ðəˈʃoʊl dər /

adjective

direct, honest, and forceful in expression; outspoken.

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Idioms and Phrases with straight-from-the-shoulder

straight from the shoulder

In a direct, forthright manner, as in I'll tell you, straight from the shoulder, that you'll have to do better or they'll fire you. This expression comes from boxing, where it describes a blow delivered with full force. Its figurative use dates from the late 1800s.

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