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adj. Informal
Frank and forthright: straight-from-the-shoulder reporting.
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adj. -er, -est,
adv., n. adj.
1. without a bend, angle, wave, or curve.
2. exactly vertical or horizontal.
3. (of a line) generated by a point moving at a constant velocity with respect to another point.
4. evenly or uprightly formed or set: straight shoulders.
5. direct in character; candid: straight talk.
6. honest; honorable; upright.
7. reliable; factual; objective: straight reportage.
8. cogent; rational: straight thinking.
9. being in the proper order or condition.
10. continuous; unbroken: in straight succession.
11. thoroughgoing; complete: a straight liberal.
12. supporting all candidates of one political party: voted a straight ticket.
13. adhering to the suitable conventions: a straight comedy.
14. Informal.
a. heterosexual.
b. traditional; conventional.
c. free from using narcotics.
d. not engaged in crime; law-abiding; reformed.
15. undiluted; unmixed: straight whiskey.
16. in a straight line: to walk straight.
17. in or into an even or proper condition or position: pictures hung straight; to put a room straight.
18. in an erect posture: Stand straight.
19. directly: Go straight home.
20. frankly; candidly (often fol. by out).
21. honestly; virtuously: to live straight.
22. in possession of truth or facts: to set someone straight.
23. without embellishment: Tell the story straight.
24. the condition of being straight.
25. a straight form, part, or position.
26. Informal.
a. a heterosexual.
b. a person who follows conventional mores.
27. a sequence of five consecutive cards of various suits.
straight up, served without ice: a martini straight up.
[1250–1300; (adj.); orig. past participle of Middle English strecchen to stretch]
straight′ly, adv.
straight′ness, n.
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Adj.1.straight-from-the-shoulder - characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion; "blunt talking and straight shooting"; "a blunt New England farmer"; "I gave them my candid opinion"; "forthright criticism"; "a forthright approach to the problem"; "tell me what you think--and you may just as well be frank"; "it is possible to be outspoken without being rude"; "plainspoken and to the point"; "a point-blank accusation"
direct - straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action; "a direct question"; "a direct response"; "a direct approach"
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Informal. Manifesting honesty and directness, especially in speech:
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The answer, alas, would be a straight-from-the-shoulder 'NO'.
"In his straight-from-the-shoulder interview with the Mercury, Coun Cooper revealed that he had been in secret talks with Sandwell College for the past six months about turning The Public into a sixth-form college.
In a world of increasing hypocrisy, give me a straight-from-the-shoulder character like him any day.