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right off the bat

Immediately; at once; without delay. Right off the bat, I could tell that the plan had no chance of success. Sarah's parents took to her new girlfriend right off the bat.
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right off the bat

 and straight off the bat
Fig. immediately; first thing. When he was learning to ride a bicycle, he fell on his head right off the bat. The new manager demanded new office furniture right off the bat.
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right off the bat

Instantly, immediately, as in I can't tell you how many right off the bat, but I can find out. This term alludes to a baseball being hit by a bat. [First half of 1900s]
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right off the bat

mainly AMERICAN
If something happens right off the bat, it happens immediately or at the very beginning of a process. I learned right off the bat that you can't rely on anything in this business. Right off the bat I had a problem that meant I had to stop work. Note: The image here is of a ball bouncing quickly off a baseball bat.
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right off the bat

at the very beginning; straight away. North American
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(right) off the ˈbat

(informal, especially American English) immediately; without delay: They liked each other very much, right off the bat.
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right off the bat

Without hesitation; immediately: They responded right off the bat.
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The probability of a ball coming off the bat on the same plane that it left the pitcher's hand is very small.
The ball squirted off the bat of Nomar Garciaparra and started a slow roll up the first-base line.
It also gives people the option right off the bat, `Oh, if I don't like it, I can always get it taken off,"' Magnante said.
Ponce also came through with her glove in the ninth to end a San Fernando threat, making an inning-ending diving stab on a line drive in foul territory off the bat of Krystal Cordova with the go-ahead run at second.
You think of the greatest, especially Mexican champions, and Marco doesn't come to your mind right off the bat.
And I think they know that right off the bat, and I think they can tell the real from the phony.