straight shooter

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straight shooter (plural straight shooters)

  1. (idiomatic) A person who is honest and forthright.
  2. (idiomatic) A person who is blunt, sometimes to the point of being harsh or offensive.
    • 1966 Feb. 18, "The Administration: Unburdening Bill," Time:
      A 1934 journalism graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Fleming, who has a reputation as an abrasive straight shooter, was a newspaper and magazine correspondent before joining ABC in 1957.
    • 1991 Sep. 11, Claire Smith, "On Baseball: Green Could Mean Luck for the Mets," New York Times (retrieved 4 Sep 2012):
      [B]aseball's equivalent of John Wayne, one Dallas Green, will likely come in, take some players by the scruffs of their necks, tell them to shut up and play in a fundamentally sound way. . . . The human boom box, the relentless straight shooter, will keep all comers more than well aware of where he stands.
    • 2008, David Michaels and Tom Clancy, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, ISBN 9780425220146, p. 177 (Google preview):
      Keating . . . was an impatient taskmaster, but he was also a straight shooter who never held back a punch. . . . "Mitchell, you look like crap."
  3. (informal, recreational drugs) A type of pipe used for smoking cocaine.
    • 2007, Martin L. Stockton, Hustler's Greed, ISBN 9780595437221, p. 3 (Google preview):
      This homemade crack tool was known as a straight shooter, which sped up the effects of smoking rock cocaine allowing it to reach the lungs faster.

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