[ streyt-out ]
See synonyms for straight-out on
  1. thoroughgoing: a straight-out Democrat.

  2. frank; aboveboard.

Origin of straight-out

1830–40, Americanism; from phrase straight out Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use straight-out in a sentence

  • She had listened—she had listened intently, looking straight out of the window and without moving.

    Confidence | Henry James
  • It felt to him that he simply walked straight out of her life into a world of emptiness and ice and shadows.

    The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
  • The race was to be five miles straight out to windward, and a run home, off the wind.

    The Rival Campers | Ruel Perley Smith
  • And yet I almost think, if he had held his arm straight out, I could have walked under it with my hat on, and without stooping.

  • He simply walked straight out of the room and downstairs to the kitchen, where he stayed for days.

    The Talking Horse | F. Anstey

British Dictionary definitions for straight-out


  1. complete; thoroughgoing

  2. frank or honest

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with straight-out


see right out.

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