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straight-from-the-shoulder

[streyt-fruh m-th uh-shohl-der] /ˈstreɪt frəm ðəˈʃoʊl dər/
adjective
1.
direct, honest, and forceful in expression; outspoken.
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  • The Cubans and the officers of the company alike came in for a good deal of straight-from-the-shoulder Yankee criticism.

    Pioneering in Cuba James Meade Adams
  • It was no good trying some tricky approach; his best bet was the straight-from-the-shoulder bit.

    Greylorn John Keith Laumer
  • They were straight-from-the-shoulder remarks, or, as he called them, they were “brass tacks.”

  • And he fought always in an old-fashioned, straight-from-the-shoulder way that put him at a great disadvantage in a legal conflict.

    Cyrus Hall McCormick Herbert Newton Casson
  • "Very well, sir," said Colin, a little taken aback by this straight-from-the-shoulder statement.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • It was all straight-from-the-shoulder kind of talk, garbed in homely phrase.

    The Johnstown Horror James Herbert Walker

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