straight bat

Related to straight bat: straight off the bat

straight bat

n
1. (Cricket) cricket a bat held vertically
2. informal Brit honest or honourable behaviour
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McAdams has huge success playing off Bateman's trademark straight bat comic delivery.
Rachel McAdams has huge success playing off Jason Bateman's trademark straight bat comic delivery.
When it was suggested to Saints boss Justin Holbrook recently that the back-rower could be coming to the Totally Wicked Stadium, he played a straight bat.
So, those who play with a straight bat have a chance to score lots of runs.
A no-nonsense performer on the field, the 35-year-old has always been known to play a straight bat in interviews during his long distinguished career.
Confirming that Clarke helped Watson and the younger players, coach Darren Lehmann quipped that the advice for Watson was simple: play a straight bat and not get out LBW.
But I'll say this to Tom Watson publicly, I'll be playing a very straight bat on most things.
But the self-made billionaire couldn't resist playing the financial markets without a straight bat.
Gavaskar, known for his ability to play with a straight bat, was equally straight in his reply.
When I decided I wanted to hit a six, I went and did it with a straight bat.
LEE CLARK faced a barrage of questions about being linked with the Leicester City job - and played them all with the straight bat of honesty.