straight from the shoulder


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straight from the shoulder

Fig. very direct, without attenuation or embellishment. Okay, I'll give it to you straight from the shoulder. Right straight from the shoulder: clean out your desk; you're through.
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straight from the shoulder

In a direct, forthright manner, as in I'll tell you, straight from the shoulder, that you'll have to do better or they'll fire you . This expression comes from boxing, where it describes a blow delivered with full force. Its figurative use dates from the late 1800s.
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straight from the shoulder

If you say something straight from the shoulder, you say it directly and with complete honesty. His opinions about top politicians in Washington and New York come straight from the shoulder. `The former President,' he says, `was out of touch with reality.' Note: You can use straight-from-the-shoulder before a noun. It was his usual straight-from-the-shoulder performance. Note: In boxing, a blow that is straight from the shoulder is a direct and powerful blow, delivered with a straight arm.
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straight from the shoulder

1 (of a blow) well delivered. 2 (of a verbal attack) frank or direct.
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ˌstraight from the ˈshoulder

honestly and directly: He’s an outspoken politician who speaks straight from the shoulder.
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straight from the shoulder

mod. very direct, without attenuation or embellishment. Right straight from the shoulder: clean out your desk; you’re through.
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straight from the shoulder

1. Delivered directly from the shoulder. Used of a punch.
2. Honestly; candidly.
See also: shoulder, straight