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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.
Right off the bat, they were very willing to work with us through the refinance process," said Chang, adding that her loan application arrived the day after she made the preliminary call to East Bay.
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.
Right off the bat we see our officers filing reports from the field and being able to look up critical information without ever having to leave the scene.
You think of the greatest, especially Mexican champions, and Marco doesn't come to your mind right off the bat.
Right off the bat, the bank discovered 17 matches on its customer list, all of which were disregarded using methods such as mismatching birth dates.
And I think they know that right off the bat, and I think they can tell the real from the phony.