American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Informal Frank and forthright: straight-from-the-shoulder reporting.
- adj. alternative spelling of straight from the shoulder.
- adj. characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion
“They were straight-from-the-shoulder remarks, or, as he called them, they were "brass tacks.”
“Ellis Ave., Chicago ($45-$65), 773-753-4472 extended through July 3 Nowadays most people think of "Porgy and Bess" as an opera, but it began life on Broadway, and there's a strong case to be made for performing the American "Carmen" (which is what "Porgy" is) not as a big-house opera but as a straight-from-the-shoulder music drama (which is what "Carmen" is).”
“Olbermann has in the past come out with some astonishing, straight-from-the-shoulder critiques of, first, the Bush administration and more recently the actions of the Obama administration.”
“A straight-from-the-shoulder talker who'd rather tinker with his old souped-up car than go to a black-tie dinner.”
“It was no good trying some tricky approach; his best bet was the straight-from-the-shoulder bit.”
“For humorous poetry abounds among all southern war-collections; some of it polished and keen in its satire; most of it striking hard and "straight-from-the-shoulder" blows at some detected error, or some crying abuse.”
“The message was a straight-from-the-shoulder presentation of the life of Jesus Christ and the claims of God upon the lives of all men.”
“It was all straight-from-the-shoulder kind of talk, garbed in homely phrase.”
“Of course, I didn't have any love for any Yankees -- and haven't now, for that matter -- but I told my white folks straight-from-the-shoulder that I”
“Senator Platt's emissary, Lemuel Ely Quigg, in a two hours 'conversation in the tent at Montauk, asked some straight-from-the-shoulder questions.”
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