straight away


straight away
straight away
meaning ‘immediately’, is first recorded in the 17c. It continued to be used as two words until the beginning of the 20c, when (probably under the influence of the fast-fading adverb straightway) it began to be written as one word, and uses of this form are frequent:

• He couldn't decide whether to make for home straightaway —Steven Wall, 1991.

In AmE, straightaway is also an adjective meaning ‘direct’ (of a course of action) and a noun meaning ‘a straight section of a road or racetrack’ (roaring down a straightaway at top speed).

Modern English usage. 2014.

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