AskDefine | Define straightaway

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straightaway adj : performed with little or no delay; "an immediate reply to my letter"; "prompt obedience"; "was quick to respond"; "a straightaway denial" [syn: immediate, prompt, quick] n : a straight segment of a roadway or racecourse [syn: straight] adv : without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening; "he answered immediately"; "found an answer straightaway"; "an official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith"; "Come here now!" [syn: immediately, instantly, straight off, directly, now, right away, at once, forthwith, in real time, like a shot]

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  1. At once; immediately.



Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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