Definition of straightaway in US English:



  • variant spelling of "straight away" at straight
    • ‘Anyway, we didn't get back until after three that afternoon and straightaway I checked with Penman about the Meg situation.’
    • ‘As he is definitely among the top three cricketers India has ever produced, he will command the respect of the boys straightaway.’
    • ‘‘Do you know, I recognised you straightaway from the photo in the paper,’ one of them said.’
    • ‘The track and field events finally get under way today and straightaway two of Britain's best medal hopes are in action.’
    • ‘Cheerful customers can then walk in and fire up their laptops straightaway, without fuss.’
    • ‘A few lucky people become friends straightaway, soon after they meet or get introduced to each other.’
    • ‘He said people who see someone acting suspiciously near a home should call the police straightaway.’
    • ‘Dr Wilson said that had Mr Collins been treated by medical staff straightaway he could still be alive today.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Anyone who finds the bag or contents is also urged to contact Swindon police straightaway.’
    • ‘It is quite obvious that if he could get someone better, he would have dumped you straightaway.’
    • ‘But Tameside Hospital has opened a clinic which can treat suspected sufferers straightaway.’
    • ‘The 1.3-litre engine will put off a certain section of people straightaway.’
    • ‘The philosopher did not accept these invitations straightaway.’
    • ‘I'm aware that it takes time for a defence to learn to play together but we need results 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And straightaway I found the canal a hypnotic companion.’
    • ‘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.’


North American
  • Extending or moving in a straight line.

    ‘the straightaway hitter sprays his hits to all fields’
    • ‘It was the longest ever hole-in-one achieved on a straightaway golf hole.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Chipper's second shot came on a change that Francis left just a little too high, and Jones took it to straightaway center.’
    • ‘However, it was the distance to straightaway center field - 560 feet - that undoubtedly helped Delahanty collect his four inside-the-park homers.’
    • ‘Just the addition of this no-nonsense straightaway runner, should ignite the running game behind an improved behemoth offensive line.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 disappeared down the straightaway stretch before I could realize what was happening.’
    • ‘He is not a natural center fielder, and the depth of the balls hit to straightaway center are often the toughest to judge.’


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

    ‘his skis shudder wildly as he tops 90 on the straightaways’
    • ‘The cars typically run well there because their horsepower helps so much down the three long straightaways.’
    • ‘The track has four distinct turns and straightaways, a layout unchanged since the facility opened in 1909.’
    • ‘Bristol's straightaways are long enough for some quick bursts of speed, especially when a driver can take momentum out of a corner.’
    • ‘With its hairpin turns and limited straightaways, Martinsville is a track where an accident is always right around 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.’
    • ‘It's a challenging track; you're never on a straightaway.’
    • ‘If she got going fast enough on the straightaway she could get air and pull a three-sixty when she landed.’
    • ‘The cars lose much more speed in the corners, then accelerate down the 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I run and bicycle long distances a lot and I commonly traverse straightaways that clearly appear to be slightly uphill.’
    • ‘Fixed front wheel designs are perfect for serious joggers because they require very little effort to steer on long straightaways.’
    • ‘The little karts reach speeds of more than 65 miles per hour on the straightaways.’
    • ‘He blasted down the longest straightaway, reaching a speed of about 200 miles per hour.’
    • ‘A typical 400-meter quadrant track consists of two parallel straightaways connected at the ends by concentric semicircles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Save the line-jumping and position-swapping for straightaways.’
    • ‘The drivers' heart rates were slow and steady in the straightaways and increased markedly in the turns due to stress.’