straightaway
I. adverb Date: 1662 without hesitation or delay II. adjective Date: 1874 1. proceeding in a straight line ; continuous in direction 2. immediate III. noun Date: 1878 a straight course: as a. the straight part of a closed racecourse ; stretch b. a straight and unimpeded stretch of road or way

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  • straightaway — /strayt euh way /, adj. 1. straight onward, without turn or curve, as a racecourse. n. 2. a straightaway course or part. adv. 3. immediately; right away. [1870 75; from phrase straight away] * * * …   Universalium

  • straightaway — straight|a|way1 [ streıtə,weı ] noun singular AMERICAN a straight part of a race track straightaway straight|a|way 2 [ streıtə,weı ] adverb STRAIGHT AWAY …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • straightaway — 1 adverb at once; immediately: Let s start work straightaway. 2 noun (singular) AmE the straight part of a racetrack; straight 3 (3) BrE …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • straightaway — straight away UK / US or straightaway UK [ˌstreɪtəˈweɪ] / US [ˈstreɪtəˌweɪ] adverb immediately They can t pay me straight away. I knew straight away it was a bad injury …   English dictionary

  • straightaway — straight•a•way adj., n. [[t]ˈstreɪt əˌweɪ[/t]] adv. [[t] ˈweɪ[/t]] adj. 1) straight onward in course 2) a straightaway stretch 3) immediately …   From formal English to slang

  • straightaway — 1. noun A straight section of a racetrack. 2. adverb At once; immediately. 3. adjective extending into the distance in a straigh …   Wiktionary

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