One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A contest between just two opponents, especially in an election.
- ‘In a straight fight, they were simply better equipped for battle than their opponents.’
- ‘It is clear that the General Election in Keighley is a straight fight between Labour and the Conservatives.’
- ‘In Skipton a straight fight was expected between sitting MP Burnaby Drayson and Labour candidate Vincent Richardson.’
- ‘The Scottish Conservatives, with one MP, say the contest is a straight fight between themselves and Labour.’
- ‘In a straight fight between the Health Minister and the First Minister, I know where my money would be.’
- ‘MPs said it was a straight fight between the two sides over who would win approval for a new medical school.’
- ‘Many civil servants living in the constituency will understand that the battle is essentially a straight fight between Labour and the Conservatives.’
- ‘The new battleground is overwhelmingly a straight fight between Labour and Conservatives, with the Tories challenging in 35 of the 43 seats involved.’
- ‘In the final round it came down to a straight fight between the New Zealanders and the Americans.’
- ‘Yet the fight to encourage pub companies to take up real ale and preserve old pubs is not just a straight fight against the alcohol industry.’
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