straight-from-the-shoulder

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj straight-from-the-shoulder characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion "blunt talking and straight shooting","a blunt New England farmer","I gave them my candid opinion","forthright criticism","a forthright approach to the problem","tell me what you think--and you may just as well be frank","it is possible to be outspoken without being rude","plainspoken and to the point","a point-blank accusation"
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Idioms

Straight from the shoulder - If someone talks straight from the shoulder, they talk honestly and plainly.
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Usage

In literature:

Godfrey leapt to his feet, and springing forward struck the bully a right-handed blow straight from the shoulder.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
In the end I had to speak straight from the shoulder.
"The Trembling of a Leaf" by William Somerset Maugham
They have better manners, perhaps, than we have, but they're sensible, straight-from-the-shoulder men of business.
"The White Mice" by Richard Harding Davis
It was all straight-from-the-shoulder kind of talk, garbed in homely phrase.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
I'm simply ashamed to tell you straight from the shoulder.
"The Dominant Dollar" by Will Lillibridge
I've been talking straight from the shoulder, as I advise you to do.
"Money Magic" by Hamlin Garland
Like Garrison, she strikes a body-blow straight from the shoulder.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 2 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
You gave it to me straight from the shoulder, and I've got to give you one back.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
We give it to them straight from the shoulder!
"The Rosie World" by Parker Fillmore
You told her straight from the shoulder.
"A Man in the Open" by Roger Pocock
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In poetry:

Now!--by that twist of the wrist on the bridle,
By that straight line from the heel to the shoulder,
By that curt speech,--nay! nay! no offense, son,--
You are a soldier?
"Jack Of The Tules" by Francis Bret Harte
Water has the curve of her shoulder and breast,
Water falls as straight as her body rose,
Water her brightness has from neck to still feet,
Water crystal-cold as her cold body flows.
"The Body" by John Freeman