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Immediately; at once; without delay. Right away, I could tell that the plan had no chance of success. Sarah's parents took to her new girlfriend right away.
Immediately; at once; without delay. Right off, I could tell that the plan had no chance of success. Sarah's parents took to her new girlfriend right off.
*away (from someone or something)
avoiding someone or something; maintaining a physical distance from someone or something. (*Typically: get ~; keep ~; stay~.) Please keep away from me if you have a cold. Stay away from the construction site, Timmy.
right awayand right now
immediately. John: Take this over to Sue. Bill: Right away. John: How soon can you do this? Sue: Right away.
Also, right off. Without delay, immediately, as in Can you bring our dinners right away? We're in a hurry, or We liked her right off. This idiom uses right as an intensifier and away in the sense of "at once," the latter usage dating from the 1500s and surviving only in such phrases as this one and fire away. It was first recorded in 1818. Also see right off the bat.
mod. in prison. (see also Are we away?.) My cousin is away for a year.
Immediately; at once; without delay.