Definition of straightaway in US English:



  • variant spelling of "straight away" at straight
    • ‘And straightaway I found the canal a hypnotic companion.’
    • ‘He had joined the team late and straightaway plunged into competition without quite getting acclimatised to the extreme weather conditions or showing concern for fitness.’
    • ‘The 1.3-litre engine will put off a certain section of people straightaway.’
    • ‘I'm aware that it takes time for a defence to learn to play together but we need results straightaway.’
    • ‘Dr Wilson said that had Mr Collins been treated by medical staff straightaway he could still be alive today.’
    • ‘Anyone who finds the bag or contents is also urged to contact Swindon police straightaway.’
    • ‘Anyway, we didn't get back until after three that afternoon and straightaway I checked with Penman about the Meg situation.’
    • ‘If he had given the photos straightaway to a museum or other institution they might have been filed away for years until someone got around to looking at them.’
    • ‘It is quite obvious that if he could get someone better, he would have dumped you straightaway.’
    • ‘‘Do you know, I recognised you straightaway from the photo in the paper,’ one of them said.’
    • ‘He said people who see someone acting suspiciously near a home should call the police straightaway.’
    • ‘The philosopher did not accept these invitations straightaway.’
    • ‘The track and field events finally get under way today and straightaway two of Britain's best medal hopes are in action.’
    • ‘A few lucky people become friends straightaway, soon after they meet or get introduced to each other.’
    • ‘Cheerful customers can then walk in and fire up their laptops straightaway, without fuss.’
    • ‘As he is definitely among the top three cricketers India has ever produced, he will command the respect of the boys straightaway.’
    • ‘Child protection officers will be under instructions to report any allegations straightaway to Mr Morris and to appropriate authorities such as police and social services.’
    • ‘But Tameside Hospital has opened a clinic which can treat suspected sufferers straightaway.’
    • ‘The Inspector, who was also at the meeting, urged anyone finding drugs paraphernalia, including burned tin foil and syringes, to contact the police straightaway.’
    • ‘Linda took the courageous decision to waive her anonymity in the hope of encouraging other victims of sexual and physical abuse to report their situations to the police straightaway.’


North American
  • Extending or moving in a straight line.

    • ‘He disappeared down the straightaway stretch before I could realize what was happening.’
    • ‘Just the addition of this no-nonsense straightaway runner, should ignite the running game behind an improved behemoth offensive line.’
    • ‘Alley hit a sinking line drive to straightaway center field that got by Day, who dived to make a sprawling catch but came up short.’
    • ‘He is not a natural center fielder, and the depth of the balls hit to straightaway center are often the toughest to judge.’
    • ‘However, it was the distance to straightaway center field - 560 feet - that undoubtedly helped Delahanty collect his four inside-the-park homers.’
    • ‘Chipper's second shot came on a change that Francis left just a little too high, and Jones took it to straightaway center.’
    • ‘The fourth hole on the South nine actually has two greens - one that makes it play as a straightaway par 4, and another that turns it into a dogleg right.’
    • ‘The course is short at 6,157 yards and fairly flat with straightaway holes.’
    • ‘Some people would go for all-around straightaway speed and they couldn't get through the corners.’
    • ‘It was the longest ever hole-in-one achieved on a straightaway golf hole.’
    • ‘Michael is one of the fastest straightaway runners in the league, and defenses must change the way they play when he's in the game.’


North American
  • A straight section of a road or racetrack.

    • ‘Save the line-jumping and position-swapping for straightaways.’
    • ‘The cars typically run well there because their horsepower helps so much down the three long straightaways.’
    • ‘Drivers can hold the throttle wide open on the straightaways at both tracks, but when the cars get into the corners, distinct characteristics emerge.’
    • ‘With its hairpin turns and limited straightaways, Martinsville is a track where an accident is always right around the corner.’
    • ‘He blasted down the longest straightaway, reaching a speed of about 200 miles per hour.’
    • ‘The cars lose much more speed in the corners, then accelerate down the straightaways.’
    • ‘A typical 400-meter quadrant track consists of two parallel straightaways connected at the ends by concentric semicircles.’
    • ‘Bristol's straightaways are long enough for some quick bursts of speed, especially when a driver can take momentum out of a corner.’
    • ‘There's plenty of room for four-wide [racing] on the back straightaway, but there's not room for it once you get to the corner.’
    • ‘It's got relatively long straightaways but very sweeping corners.’
    • ‘We had no trouble coming to quick stops on dry or snow-covered surfaces, over straightaways or around corners.’
    • ‘I run and bicycle long distances a lot and I commonly traverse straightaways that clearly appear to be slightly uphill.’
    • ‘The little karts reach speeds of more than 65 miles per hour on the straightaways.’
    • ‘If she got going fast enough on the straightaway she could get air and pull a three-sixty when she landed.’
    • ‘Because of the long straightaways, the cars carry a lot of speed into the flat and sharp turns, which is where you'll see a lot of wrecks.’
    • ‘It's a challenging track; you're never on a straightaway.’
    • ‘The track has four distinct turns and straightaways, a layout unchanged since the facility opened in 1909.’
    • ‘The drivers' heart rates were slow and steady in the straightaways and increased markedly in the turns due to stress.’
    • ‘Fixed front wheel designs are perfect for serious joggers because they require very little effort to steer on long straightaways.’
    • ‘It will be crucial to have a basic understanding of how to tweak car components for the best possible results during a race, tweaking for straightaways, hills, corners, and so forth.’