straight onward, without turn or curve, as a racecourse.


a straightaway course or part.


immediately; right away.

Origin of straightaway

First recorded in 1870–75; from phrase straight away Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of straightaway

  • Seven hundred million people saw the message, and the minister saw me straightaway.

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  • Where we pick up: That baby switch will be dealt with straightaway.

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Historical Examples of straightaway

  • 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.

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    Irvin S. Cobb

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

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  • In straightaway bursts they left our French brothers at the post.

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    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

at once


the US word for straight (def. 30)
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