- someone who speaks the truth
- speak honestly and straightforwardly
- an upright or plainly spoken person
- someone frank and forthright
- I really like Ken. He’s a straight shooter, that’s for sure.
- The company was in deep water, so the chairman called a meeting for the following morning. It was time for some straight-shooting.
- Steve’s father is a straight-shooting kind of guy. He tells it like it is.
- I trust Kim’s judgement. She’s a real straight shooter. If she says that the new guy is no good, then I believe her.
- I hope the new president is more of a straight shooter than the last one. Why say 50 words when you can say 10.
- She is a straight shooter, and it’s a refreshing change.
This informal phrase alludes to a person who speaks in an honest and direct way, like the straight path of a bullet shot from a gun. It has been in American slang since the latter half of the 1900s.
American actor Elisabeth Rohn said, “I’m a straight-shooting New York City girl. I see things as they are and call them as they are.”