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adjective straight pronunciation in British English /streɪt/
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  1. 1
    something that is straight does not bend or curve

    Draw a straight line.

    a straight road

    a perfectly straight path

    1. b.
      a straight skirt, pair of trousers etc hangs down close to your body

      Rosie wore a long straight skirt and a long-sleeved jumper.

  2. 2
    in the correct position and not leaning to one side or the other

    The picture on that wall isn’t straight.

    Make sure you keep your back straight.

  3. 3
    honest and true
    straight answer:

    He wouldn’t give me a straight answer.

  4. 4
    [only before noun] happening one after the other, without interruption

    The champion was defeated in straight sets.

    their sixth straight win/loss

    four straight games/matches

    There were five straight days of exams.

    1. a.
      a student who has straight A’s has the highest mark in every subject or course

      She got straight A’s this term.

      a straight-A student

  5. 6
    clean and tidy
    get/make something straight:

    I’ll never get the house straight before my parents get home.

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  6. 7
    an alcoholic drink that is straight is not mixed with anything else

    a straight whisky

  7. 8
    informal someone who is straight is normal and ordinary but slightly boring
    1. a.
      very informal someone who is straight does not use illegal drugs
    2. b.
      very informal someone who is straight is not a criminal
  8. 9
    informal someone who is straight is sexually attracted to people of the opposite sex
  9. 10
    if two people are straight, neither of them owes the other any money

    If I give you £10, then we’re straight.

  10. 11
    [only before noun] a straight choice or competition is one in which there are only two choices or only two people who have any chance of winning

    The election is going to be a straight fight between Labour and the Conservatives.

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