give it to (one) straight

give it to (one) straight

To speak to one honestly and straightforwardly, usually when the person being addressed has bad news. Often used as an imperative. Give it to me straight, doc—how serious is Johnny's condition?
See also: give, straight

give it to me ˈstraight

(spoken, informal) used when you want somebody to tell you something in an honest and direct way, especially if you think it will be unpleasant: So, now you’ve met him, give it to me straight — what do you think of him?
See also: give, straight