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See Also: POSTURE
- Direct, like a guided torpedo —William Humphrey
- Erect as compass in its curve —Anne Morrow Lindbergh
- Even as a row of West Point cadets on parade —Arthur Baer
- Even as a set of false teeth —Arthur Baer
- (Noses … ) even as buttons on a tape —Beryl Markham
- Straight as a column —Louis Adamic
- Straight as a gun barrel (she carried her lengthy shadow up and down the golden sand) —Jean Stafford
- (Walks) straight as a hoe —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- (A woman) straight as a hunting knife —Stephen Vincent Benet
- Straight as a line —Geoffrey Chaucer
This is transcribed from Chaucer’s Old English: “Streight as any lyne.” An American folk variant said to originate in Maine is the much-used “Straight as a ramrod.”
- Straight as an arrow —Aphra Behn
A simile much in use, both to describe physical and moral erectness. To emphasize the latter meaning there’s “Straight as your sister” attributed to Jerome Barry.
- (Teeth … ) straight as a picket fence —Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
- Straight as a plumb line —Mike Sommer
- Straight as a stick and looked as brittle —V. S. Pritchett
- (I felt her to be) straight as a die —Colette
- Straight as a fir tree —Henry Van Dyke
- (The country road is wide, light gray,) straight as a ruler —Cora Sandel
- [Lower eyelids] straight as ruler edges —Dashiell Hammett
- Straight as the backbone of a herring —John Ray’s Proverbs
- Straight like a pine —Joseph Conrad
- Straight … like long rows of soldiers —Oscar Wilde
- Straight, thin as a pencil —Miller Williams
This marks the opening of a poem entitled The Writer.
See Also: THINNESS
- (His two rifles as) upright as umbrellas —Edward Hoagland
|Noun||1.||straightness - (of hair) lack of a tendency to curl|
|2.||straightness - freedom from crooks or curves or bends or angles|
shape, configuration, conformation, contour, form - any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); "he could barely make out their shapes"
crookedness - having or distinguished by crooks or curves or bends or angles
|3.||straightness - trueness of course toward a goal; "rivaling a hawk in directness of aim"|
characteristic - a distinguishing quality
downrightness, straightforwardness - the quality of being direct and straightforward; "what some people take for rudeness is really straightforwardness"
immediacy, immediateness - lack of an intervening or mediating agency; "the immediacy of television coverage"
pointedness - the quality of being obviously directed at a particular person or thing; "the pointedness of his sarcasm was unmistakable"
|4.||straightness - having honest intentions; "he acted in good faith"; "doubt was expressed as to the good faith of the immigrants"|
|5.||straightness - a sexual attraction to (or sexual relations with) persons of the opposite sex|