The following are example sentences and comments extracted from the Merriam Learners' entry for the adverb straight :
1 — She walked straight up to him and slapped him in the face. [in a straight or direct way]
2 — She told him straight to his face that she hated him. [in a straight or direct way]
3 — (informal) Straight up, what did you really pay for the tickets? [in an honest and direct way]
4 — I told him straight off that I wouldn't help him. [US, inf.; without del. or hesitation : immediately]
5 — I asked him straight out if he was doing drugs. [informal, in a very direct way]
- Can't straight up (1) be used after verbs like ask/tell (2,4,5), as opposed to before some direct speech/interrogative construction (3)? Does the adjectival use for the drinks (not mixed) preclude using this?
- With such verbs (ask/tell), is straight to his face (2) the most usual and non familiar way of saying someone is being direct in context?
- Is it accurate that asking/telling straight out yields the most powerful (direct) "intensification"; does each component (up/to his face/off/out; prepositions?) carry a significantly different intensity or cue which the native speaker picking up generally or is it register which is the key difference with straight here?