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  1. straight onward, without turn or curve, as a racecourse.
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  1. a straightaway course or part.
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  1. immediately; right away.
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Origin of straightaway

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.

British Dictionary definitions for straightaway


adverb Also: straight away
  1. at once
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  1. the US word for straight (def. 30)
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