Today, we are going to look at the meaning of the popular idiom: To get straight to the point. Let’s take a look at what it means and some example sentences.
What Does To Get Straight To The Point Mean?
When someone asks you to get straight to the point, they want you to quickly talk about the main/important issue for discussion. To get to the heart of the main issue. To get to the matter at hand.
In other words, you don’t have to give them all of these small unimportant details but instead, get to the point. What is this conversation all about? Tell them why you wanted to talk to them. Sometimes you will hear this idiom expressed as: to come to the point.
To Get Straight To The Point Origin
The origin of this popular idiom is from the English Author Geoffrey Chaucer. In the late 13th century he wrote The Canterbury Tales which is a collection of 24 stories. In the prologue, he wrote, “This is the poynt, to speken short and pleyn.”
To Get Straight To The Point Synonyms
Here is a brief list of other ways to convey the same idea.
- To get to the point
- To come to the point
- To give it to one straight
- To not beat around the bush about something
- To not mince one’s words
- To cut to the chase
- To get down to the nitty-gritty
To Get Straight To The Point Examples
To better understand this idiom, let’s take a look at some example sentences:
“I know you are busy, so I will get straight to the point. I need to borrow your dad’s car.”
“If you don’t want your students to be get distracted, you need to start by getting straight to the point.”
“I am sorry, I am really busy. Can you just get straight to the point? Why are you here?”
“People don’t want to hear about your grandma. Next time it would be better to get straight to the point.”
“Let me get straight to the point. I think we need to scrape this project and start from square one.”
“Please spare me the unnecessary details and just get straight the point.”
“He has been talking about this for the last 20 minutes. I wish he would just get to the point and tell us what we need to do differently.”
“After a few opening words, we got straight to the point and told him what we needed.”
“There is a lot more I would like to say about this matter, but in order to get straight to the point, I propose that we…”