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.
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right awayand right now
immediately. John: Take this over to Sue. Bill: Right away. John: How soon can you do this? Sue: Right away.
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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.
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right aˈway/ˈoffimmediately; without any delay: They asked him to start right away. ♢ I told him right off what I thought of him.
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Immediately; at once; without delay.
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Immediately, at once. This cliché, which dates from the early nineteenth century, uses right as an intensifier, a usage dating from about 1200, and away in the sense of “at once,” a usage dating from the early 1600s. The term is an Americanism, the British equivalent being straightaway. William Safire points out that Dickens noticed it while visiting America in 1842, saying “I saw now that ‘Right away’ and ‘Directly’ were one and the same thing” (American Notes, Chapter II).
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