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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 As 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. 10
    if two people are straight, neither of them owes the other any money
    If I give you £10, then we’re straight.
  7. 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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