from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. At once; immediately: discovered straight off that the furnace wasn't working.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening


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  • Anyone who talks about cherishing the local inhabitant and civilising him goes straight off into a concentration camp ... my one fear is that the Ostministerium will try to civilise the Ukrainian women.


  • I slow-motioned, I fast-forwarded, and I was none the wiser: three to four beats with a u at the beginning, a three - or four-syllable word with - ere or - aire at the end, and I could think of a dozen words straight off with an ending that would fit: debonnaire, legionnaire, militaire, any air you liked to play.

    the mission song

  • "Suppose Maka Khan or that bloody Akali turn up — they'll recognise me straight off —"

    Flashman and the Mountain of Light

  • He felt warm, secure and very tired; he had no objection to dozing straight off into death, there and then, if only one let him remain lying under the warm blanket.


  • He carried Errol to a perch just inside the back door and tried to stand him on it, but Errol flopped straight off again so Ron lay him on the draining board instead, muttering, "Pathetic."

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

  • They went straight off in the direction of the pine-woods on the east side of the Misty Mountains, where we had our pleasant little party with the Wargs the night before last.

    The Hobbit

  • She wore an outfit straight off the pages of Vogue, a gold glittery number usually reserved for celebrities on red carpetssomething Nia would never wear in a million years, not even for Halloween.

    The After Wife

  • This wasn't a silhouette which can be easily imagined walking straight off the catwalk and down the Rue Cambon as some Chanel collections can, but the difficult length gave the models a pleasingly confident swagger rather than a sexy strut.

    Statue of Coco sets scene for Chanel show

  • The girl, it seems, had already declared her willingness to turn Moslem and marry the officer; the Church protested, and she was given back to her family, which, to make sure of her, sent her straight off to relatives in Podgoritza (Montenegro).

    High Albania

  • “Just poked her head in at half-past two, and asked me how I was, but my belief she meant to bunk straight off again, only we heard Mother Saint Ambrose coming back, so Miss Bonnet took a seat and never moved off it until Mother Saint Ambrose had gone off to check all the laundry.”

    St Peter's Finger


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