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    deliver/discharge/straight

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound.

    deliver = redeem; unshackle

    The man accused of robbery was found not guilty and discharged.

    discharge = to permit to go in connection with courts and the army

    After the man got out of prison, he went straight.

    Mr. Wright promised to go straight if the judge would let him go free.

    go straight = to become an honest person; lead an honest life

    You can trust that salesman; he shoots straight with his customers.

    We get along well because we always shoot square with each other.

    shoot straight = shoot square = deal fairly and honestly

    The boys all liked the straight-shooting coach.

    straight shooter = one who is honest and forthright

    straight-shooting = having or marked by uprightness in principle and action

    Mary told all the funny stories she knew to try to make Joan laugh, but Joan kept a straight face.

    It is hard to tell when Jim is teasing you. He can tell a fib with a straight face.

    When Bob fell into the water, he looked funny and I could hardly keep a straight face.

    straight face = a face that is not laughing or smiling

    John asked what he had done wrong. Bob told him straight from the shoulder.

    The candidate for Congress spoke out against his opponent's dishonesty straight from the shoulder.

    straight from the shoulder = in an open and honest way of speaking; without holding back anything because of fear or politeness or respect for someone's feelings; frankly

    After school is over, you come home straight off, and don't waste time.

    He asked his father for the car, but his father said straight off that he couldn't have it.

    straight off = at once; immediately

    Uncle Fred was a loyal member of his party. He always voted the straight ticket.

    straight ticket = a vote for all the candidates of a single party

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.


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    Re: deliver/discharge/straight

    I'm not a teacher, but please see my thoughts below.
    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound.

    deliver = redeem; unshackle
    Yes, although 'delivered' here could be interpreted literally as in "transported" depending what "It" is.

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    The man accused of robbery was found not guilty and discharged.

    discharge = to permit to go in connection with courts and the army
    Certainly it describes a situation where someone is allowed to go, but there is some official process around the release that is more than simply to open the door and let the person leave.

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    After the man got out of prison, he went straight.

    Mr. Wright promised to go straight if the judge would let him go free.

    go straight = to become an honest person; lead an honest life
    That's right, although it is a colloquialism and I might put it in "quotes" if I were using it.

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    You can trust that salesman; he shoots straight with his customers.

    We get along well because we always shoot square with each other.

    shoot straight = shoot square = deal fairly and honestly


    The boys all liked the straight-shooting coach.

    straight shooter = one who is honest and forthright

    straight-shooting = having or marked by uprightness in principle and action
    Not sure I've heard "shoot square". I probably wouldn't use "shoots straight" or "straight-shooting" either. Maybe it should be "straight talking"?

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Mary told all the funny stories she knew to try to make Joan laugh, but Joan kept a straight face.

    It is hard to tell when Jim is teasing you. He can tell a fib with a straight face.

    When Bob fell into the water, he looked funny and I could hardly keep a straight face.

    straight face = a face that is not laughing or smiling
    Perfect!

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    John asked what he had done wrong. Bob told him straight from the shoulder.

    The candidate for Congress spoke out against his opponent's dishonesty straight from the shoulder.

    straight from the shoulder = in an open and honest way of speaking; without holding back anything because of fear or politeness or respect for someone's feelings; frankly
    I have never heard this phrase.

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    After school is over, you come home straight off, and don't waste time.
    I would say "straight away".

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    He asked his father for the car, but his father said straight off that he couldn't have it.

    straight off = at once; immediately
    That works, yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Uncle Fred was a loyal member of his party. He always voted the straight ticket.

    straight ticket = a vote for all the candidates of a single party
    I have not heard this usage.


    I hope my contribution is helpful.

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    Re: deliver/discharge/straight

    Quote Originally Posted by grinder View Post

    I have not heard this usage.

    Perhaps it is peculiarly American.


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    Re: deliver/discharge/straight

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    Perhaps it is peculiarly American.
    It is often said (over here), with irony, that England and America are two countries divided by a common language!

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    Re: deliver/discharge/straight

    Quote Originally Posted by grinder View Post
    It is often said (over here), with irony, that England and America are two countries divided by a common language!
    Winston Churchill has been credited with that one.

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