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1    direct, near, short, undeviating, unswerving  
2    aligned, erect, even, horizontal, in line, level, perpendicular, plumb, right, smooth, square, true, upright, vertical  
3    blunt, bold, candid, downright, forthright, frank, honest, outright, plain, point-blank, straightforward, unqualified, upfront     (informal)  
4    above board, accurate, authentic, decent, equitable, fair, fair and square, honest, honourable, just, law-abiding, reliable, respectable, trustworthy, upright  
5    arranged, in order, neat, orderly, organized, put to rights, shipshape, sorted out, tidy  
6    consecutive, continuous, nonstop, running, solid, successive, sustained, through, uninterrupted, unrelieved  
7      (slang)   bourgeois, conservative, conventional, orthodox, Pooterish, square     (informal)   traditional  
8    neat, pure, unadulterated, undiluted, unmixed  
9    as the crow flies, at once, directly, immediately, instantly  
10    candidly, frankly, honestly, in plain English, point-blank, pulling no punches     (informal)   with no holds barred  
,       adj  
1    circuitous, indirect, roundabout, winding, zigzag  
2    askew, bent, crooked, curved, skewwhiff     (Brit. informal)   twisted, uneven  
3    ambiguous, cryptic, equivocal, evasive, indirect, vague  
4    bent     (slang)   crooked     (informal)   dishonest, dishonourable, shady     (informal)   unlawful  
5    confused, disorderly, disorganized, in disarray, messy, untidy  
6    broken, discontinuous, interrupted, non-consecutive  
7      (slang)   cool, fashionable, trendy     (Brit. informal)   voguish  
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  ( straighter    comparative)   ( straightest    superlative)   ( straights    plural  )
1       adj   A straight line or edge continues in the same direction and does not bend or curve.  
Keep the boat in a straight line..., Using the straight edge as a guide, trim the cloth to size..., There wasn't a single straight wall in the building.     
      Straight is also an adverb., adv   ADV after v  
Stand straight and stretch the left hand to the right foot...     
2       adj   Straight hair has no curls or waves in it.  
usu ADJ n  
Grace had long straight dark hair which she wore in a bun.     
3       adv   You use straight to indicate that the way from one place to another is very direct, with no changes of direction.  
ADV prep/adv  
The ball fell straight to the feet of Klinsmann..., He finished his conversation and stood up, looking straight at me..., Straight ahead were the low cabins of the motel.     
4       adv   If you go straight to a place, you go there immediately.  
ADV prep/adv  
As always, we went straight to the experts for advice...     
5       adj   If you give someone a straight answer, you answer them clearly and honestly.  
ADJ n  
What a shifty arguer he is, refusing ever to give a straight answer.     
      Straight is also an adverb., adv   ADV after v  
I lost my temper and told him straight that I hadn't been looking for any job.     
6       adj   Straight means following one after the other, with no gaps or intervals.  
ADJ n  
They'd won 12 straight games before they lost.     
      Straight is also an adverb., adv   n ADV  
He called from Weddington, having been there for 31 hours straight.     
7       adj   A straight choice or a straight fight involves only two people or things.  
ADJ n  
It's a straight choice between low-paid jobs and no jobs...     
8       adj   If you describe someone as straight, you mean that they are normal and conventional, for example in their opinions and in the way they live.  
Dorothy was described as a very straight woman, a very strict Christian who was married to her job.     
9       adj   If you describe someone as straight, you mean that they are heterosexual rather than homosexual.  
INFORMAL   usu v-link ADJ     (Antonym: gay)    His sexual orientation was a lot more gay than straight...     
      Straight is also a noun., n-count  
...a standard of sexual conduct that applies equally to gays and straights.     
10       adj   A straight drink, especially an alcoholic drink, has not had another liquid such as water added to it.  
ADJ n, v n ADJ   (=neat)  
...a large straight whiskey without ice...     
11       n-count   On a racetrack, a straight is a section of the track that is straight, rather than curved.  
I went to overtake him on the back straight on the last lap.     
    home straight  
12    If you get something straight, you make sure that you understand it properly or that someone else does.  
get sth straight      phrase   V inflects  
Let's get things straight. I didn't lunch with her.     
13    If a criminal is going straight, they are no longer involved in crime.  
go straight      phrase   V inflects  
14    If something keeps people on the straight and narrow, it helps to keep them living an honest or healthy life.  
on the straight and narrow      phrase   PHR after v  
All her efforts to keep him on the straight and narrow have been rewarded.     
    a straight face  
    to set the record straight  

straight arrow        ( straight arrows    plural  ) A straight arrow is someone who is very traditional, honest, and moral.  
  (mainly AM)      n-count   oft N n  
...a well-scrubbed, straight-arrow group of young people.     
straight away      , straightaway  
If you do something straight away, you do it immediately and without delay.      adv   ADV with v   (=immediately)  
I should go and see a doctor straight away...     
A straight-faced person appears not to be amused in a funny situation.      adj   usu ADJ n, ADJ after v  
...a straight-faced, humourless character..., `Whatever gives you that idea?' she replied straight-faced.     

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