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    #1

    "straight" on its own

    My dictionary says "straight" must be followed by a noun. However, AP sports writers never put a noun after it.

    here's an example:
    "The Thrashers were shut out for the fourth time this season and have dropped two straight since winning three in a row. They wasted a 31-save effort from Lehtonen."

    So isn't a noun needed?

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    Re: "straight" on its own

    Usually "straight" is an adjective, and that's why it requires a noun.

    But here "straight" is an adverb, meaning "in a row, without interruption" (in the link, American Heritage Dictionary, adverb, meaning 8, in the middle of the page). I suspect this sense may be an Americanism: "three straight", "eight games straight", "all week straight".

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