straight from the shoulder


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straight from the shoulder

With no extraneous details or embellishments; simple, direct, and forthright. An allusion to boxing, in which a punch straight from the shoulder carries maximum force. The president is looking for staff who will give him advice straight from the shoulder. Look, I'll just give it to you straight from the shoulder: you're fired.
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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.
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straight from the shoulder

Blunt, outspoken. This term comes from boxing, and was transferred from full-force action to speech in the late nineteenth century. “Give me a chap that hits out straight from the shoulder,” wrote Charles Reade (It Is Never Too Late to Mend, 1856), still using it in its literal sense. See also straight shooter.
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The maker's aim has been to keep the design to vertical lines, the jacket falls straight from the shoulder, its short sleeves are left uncuffed and the plain rib stitch used accentuates the up and down styling.
The young man said it straight from the shoulder: Sharon is paid by the Israeli taxpayer to do a job, meaning that infants like Dorit Aniso, 2, are entitled to live and terrorists in the Gaza Strip must never be permitted to fire crude rockets of the type that blasted off the legs of Yuval Abebeh, 4.
But Grotjahn's taste for the impermeable is hardly delivered straight from the shoulder; a perverse formalism is his delicious decoy, both an homage to and usurpation of (by now amply deconstructed) modernist tactics.
He starred in Straight From the Shoulder the fol-lowing year, when he was trapped by mobsters in a mountain cabin,but succeeded in filling their guns with molten lead.
From her, you get it straight from the shoulder - no hidden meanings, no coded messages.