to get straight to the point

Idiom Definition

"to get straight to the point"

to talk directly about a subject

Idiom Definition - to get straight to the point


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to get straight to the point

A young boy has been misbehaving in his school classroom and causing the teacher a lot of trouble. As a result the boy's parents have been called into the school to discuss the situation with the school principal.

Principal: Thank you for coming in.

Mother: What seems to be the problem?

Principal: Well, your son has been misbehaving in class.  He's been rude to the teacher.  He's been hitting other students.

Father: That's not good.

Principal: No, indeed, it isn't.  As you know, the school has a rather extensive policy on these sorts of behaviors.  In particular, the section on violence and violent behavior is most applicable here.  Although we try to accommodate different behaviors as much as we can, your son's behavior has passed a certain limit that is not tolerable...

Mother:  Excuse me, we both have appointments to get to.  Could you please get straight to the point?

Principal: Certainly.  Your son will be suspended from school for three days.

Father:  Thank you for your time.  We will talk with our son during his suspension.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to get straight to the point

A man and his boss are sitting down having a meeting.

Boss:  Thanks for coming in.

Man: No problem.  You did ask me to stop by.  How can I help?

Boss: Well, as you may have noticed, over the past several months, sales have been declining.  Overall growth expectations for the company have not hit their targets.  As a result, profits are down.  Management has decided that, in light of the current situation, the company will have to do some downsizing, that is to say that the company will de-layer the organization.  In your middle-management position within the company, it appears that some trimming will be necessary.

Man: Excuse me.  Could you please just get straight to the point.

Boss: Sales are down.  Profits are down.  You are out of a job.

Man: I see. Thank you.

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to get straight to the point - Gerund Form:

Getting straight to the point can be very productive.

to get straight to the point - Examples:

1)  I don't have much time, so we'll get straight to the point.

2)  It's better to be straight to the point, at least most of the time.

3)  The first sentence goes straight to the point. My daughter is complimented everywhere we go.

4)  This concise, 15 page pamphlet gets straight to the point.

5)  I'll get straight to the point.

6)  It went straight to the point in explaining why Google chose to only use flash storage.

7)  Robert's writing style is very direct, straight to the point and no nonsense.

8)  Allow me to get straight to the point.

9)  She gets straight to the point. She lays her issues on the line.

10)  Let's get straight to the point. How do you think Mass Effect 3 will end?

11)  Get straight to the point: you need money to see this thing through properly.

12)  Internet articles should be short and straight to the point.

13)  And I'll get straight to the point -- it looked like this:

14)  On cross examination, Crown Counsel Murray Kaay got straight to the point and his main argument in the trial.

15)  Try again. Make it simpler and straight to the point. No geeky jargons that my mom will not use. 

16)  Let's get straight to the point and state this is a modern soul masterpiece.

17)  When asked for his number one piece of advice for entrepreneurs, Saldana went straight to the point.

18)  Great article, a landing page needs to get straight to the point, not putting loads of useless content.

19)  Take him aside, don't mess about, just get straight to the point and say what you've just said here.

20)  A formidable mother of six, Jane got straight to the point.