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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.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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.’”
See also: straight
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