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straight shooter

An honest and trustworthy person who is straightforward in dealings with others. Joe's a straight shooter—if he says that Alice is taking money out of the cash register, then I believe him. Sal's a real straight shooter. If you ask for his opinion, he'll tell you without trying to sugarcoat it.
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straight shooter

Fig. an honest person. I trust Mike; he's a straight shooter. We need a straight shooter in office who will work for the people rather than some lobbyists.
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straight shooter

n. an honest person. (see also straight arrow.) We need a straight shooter in office who will work for the people rather than some political party.
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straight shooter, a

An honest person. This slangy Americanism, dating from the second half of the 1900s, likens honest speech to the direct path of a bullet or arrow. G. M. Brown used it in Time to Keep (1969), “‘He’s the decentest skipper ever I sailed with . . . Strict but fair . . .’—‘A straight shooter.’”
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Wired called McConnell a "nice-seeming guy who's willing and able to use fear-mongering to manipulate the federal bureaucracy for his own ends, while coming off like a straight shooter to those who are not in the know." During the Bush administration, McConnell persuaded the president to sign a secret order to erect firewalls and build malware into military gear.
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A bootmaker by trade, Bowman toured the country with his own quick-draw and marksmanship exhibit, The Straight Shooter. His shooting caught the attention of Tinseltown; Hollywood pals included Roy Rogers and John Wayne.
Mixing straight shooter with RPG elements works well, and upping the multi-player modes where 32 gamers can let rip online is bound to improve the longevity of Clear Sky, seeing you through to the end of the year with a cracking FPS.
Mixing straight shooter with RPG elements works well, and upping the multiplayer modes where 32 gamers can let rip online is bound to improve the longevity of Clear Sky, seeing you through to the end of the year with a cracking FPS in your collection.
That is the only way you can engage in a dialogue that can lead to changing minds." John McCain may have originated the "Straight Talk Express" tour, but Elizabeth Edwards takes the lead as our favorite political straight shooter.
He's a straight shooter. The Brits should have known that."
If one is a straight shooter, honest and sincere, people can extrapolate that from the character of a leader and, to Russ York, CFO of Buchanan Forest Products, that is important.
President Bush once praised former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill as "a straight shooter" and "refreshingly candid." Now, in the wake of O'Neill's allegations that the president was planning from his first days in office to oust Saddam Hussein, administration officials are attacking O'Neill's character, suggesting his recollections were skewed by bitterness over his dismissal from the Bush Cabinet.
While he's always been a lovable kind of guy -- except to a few notable exceptions among his old pals at Federated -- Questrom is the very textbook definition of a merchant who is also pretty much a straight shooter.
Perhaps your "straight shooter" can be retrained to lead Sierra Club ecotourist trips.
His stance is a matter of conscience and common sense: An obviously out-of-character vote would harm his reputation as a straight shooter and could cause antiwar Minnesotans--who already have gripes about the senator--to vote Green or stay home.
Excuse the expression, but you're a straight shooter. I've recently admitted to myself that I am gay.
Why former finance chief John Devine was allowed to "retire" immediately after Nasser took charge, despite his enormous knowledge of the company and its far-flung operations, his credibility in the investment community as a straight shooter who always told the truth (even when it wasn't pretty), and his clear command of the job, is a story that hasn't been fully explored.