right off the bat


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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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right off the bat

Spontaneously, immediately, without forethought. This term comes from baseball and presumably alludes to something being done as quickly as a ball leaves the bat after being hit. Dating from the late nineteenth century, it began life as hot from the bat. A New Yorker article from 1955 stated: “You can tell right off the bat that they’re wicked.”
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