straight-from-the-shoulder :

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  • s  characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion

  • Nixon went out of his way for straight-from-the-shoulder talk in Uruguay.
  • The Indian emissaries got plenty of straight-from-the-shoulder advice in Washington and New York.
  • Kinmond asked straight-from-the-shoulder questions and often got surprisingly frank replies from English-speaking guides and government officials.

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