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direct
as in:  walked directly to work


I walked directly to work.
  proceeding without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
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You may see the term direct flight used in a technical manner that is not as quick as a non-stop flight. In technical usage, a direct flight from Los Angeles to New York could stop at a city on the way.

Standard Prefix:  Note that the prefix in- means not for this word. This is one of the common meanings of the prefix in- as seen in incorrect, independent, inexpensive, inefficient, inconsiderate, ...
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Samples:
  • I walked directly to work.
  • Let me get directly to the point.
  • Can I get a direct flight to Los Angeles.
  • Can I get a flight that goes directly to Los Angeles.

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  • I be down directly.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • ...worked out a complicated scheme for all the animals to drop their dung directly in the fields, at a different spot every day, to save the labour of cartage.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • The gray cat came out of the barn shed and trotted miaowing toward the fire, but, nearly there, it turned and went directly to one of the little piles of rabbit entrails on the ground.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Atticus would flee to his office directly after dinner, where if we sometimes looked in on him, we would find him sitting back in his swivel chair reading.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • DOCTOR:  Will she go now to bed?
    GENTLEWOMAN:  Directly.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • If for one hour in a year something eatable were to be had in some one place only, within that hour, as if moved by a vision, he would put on his cap, go out and walk directly there, as though following a compass, and find it.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front

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  • Then I had them loaded on to trucks and sent directly to my own factory.
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • He rode directly to his dwelling, exchanging only small jokes and unimportant remarks with Asher.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • You asked me to come directly to you, Professor, if anyone was wandering around at night, and somebody’s been in the library Restricted Section.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • The twig flew up from the ground, spun through the air as if caught by a gust of wind, then zoomed directly at the trunk through the Willow’s ominously swaying branches.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • I was ever on the look-out for means of escape; and, finding no direct means, I determined to try to hire my time, with a view of getting money with which to make my escape.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • There was a delegate of the butcher-helpers’ union who came to see Jurgis to enroll him; and when Jurgis found that this meant that he would have to part with some of his money, he froze up directly, and the delegate, who was an Irishman and only knew a few words of Lithuanian, lost his temper and began to threaten him.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • When they came up with a more efficient system that transported the coal directly from the mines to the trains, the Hob gradually took over the space.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • He informed us that, with the exception of a certain entailed property of Lucy’s father which now, in default of direct issue, went back to a distant branch of the family, the whole estate, real and personal, was left absolutely to Arthur Holmwood.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • PARRIS: Go directly home and speak nothing of unnatural causes.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • When the Hubermanns made it home, they headed directly to the basement, but it seemed that Max was not there.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • As I was moving the bone some of the marrow must have escaped into his blood stream and gone directly to his heart and stopped it.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Although my instinct is to run directly away from it, I realize Finnick is moving at a diagonal down the hill.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • She scribbles something on a pad and sends me directly back to the hospital.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • A skinny metallic rod burst out of the Griever’s moist skin, unfolding into a long appendage with three spinning blades, which moved directly toward Thomas’s face.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • I continue throwing clothes into my bag. I walk to the dresser and pull open the top drawer, taking a handful of socks and underwear. I walk to the bed and Karen cuts me off, placing her hands on my shoulders and forcing me to look at her. "Sky," she says, dumbfounded. "What are you doing? What’s wrong with you? You’re not leaving with him." Holder walks back into the bedroom with a handful of toiletries and walks directly around Karen, piling them into the bag.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • In the morning, I see that 7:00—Breakfast is directly followed by 7:30—Command, which is fine since I may as well start the ball rolling.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • He goes directly to the bed.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • I left the studio directly and refused to acknowledge his comments from the booth today.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • I start to get up and then realize they plan to roll my hospital bed directly there.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • (RUTH just looks at MAMA meaningfully and MAMA opens her mouth to speak as TRAVIS bursts in) TRAVIS: (Excited and full of narrative, coming directly to his mother) Mama, you should of seen the rat . Big as a cat, honest!
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • As I was in a state of extreme debility, I resolved to sail directly towards the town, as a place where I could most easily procure nourishment.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • There was a one-page map of Molching and Greater Munich, as well as a direct route from Pasing (the more reliable train station) to his front door.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • They went directly to the mud puddle under the hose and dug their toes into the mud.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • The red light of its eye was like a little sun, too bright to look at directly.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • He had lost track of how many security enchantments had been placed upon the Burrow by both the Order and the Ministry; all he knew was that it was no longer possible for anybody to travel by magic directly into the place.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • He went directly to the Dodge and crawled under on his back.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • As soon as he sees her, he goes directly to her and grabs her by her cloak, furious.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • He goes directly to bend close to her face.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • If you force me to leave, I’ll go directly to surgery and tell my mother everything that’s happened.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • The Nut was established directly after the Dark Days, when the Capitol had lost 13 and was desperate for a new underground stronghold.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Finnick goes directly down to see Johanna, but I linger outside a few minutes until Boggs comes out.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • The Griever had altered its course from Alby to head directly for Thomas.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Three Grievers were up ahead, rolling along as they dug their spikes into the stone, coming directly toward him.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • They made their way directly to the kitchen, where, despite Fry-pan’s grumbling, they were able to get cheese sandwiches and raw vegetables.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Because that pipe doesn’t go anywhere near it! That pipe — the one Augustus went up — happens to lead directly to the room where I make a most delicious kind of strawberry-flavoured chocolate-coated fudge .
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • "So, I was just having a peek around because district ruins are going to be all the rage this year, when two Peacemakers showed up and ordered me back to our quarters. One of them actually poked me with her gun!" says Effie.
      I can’t help thinking this is the direct result of Haymitch, Peeta, and me disappearing earlier in the day.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • I was notified by the Speaker that she had gone directly to the Chief Elder and asked to be released.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • Calculating if he should block first or go directly for an attack.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • "I know, that’s why they’ll be Apparating directly into the bar," said Neville.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • It doesn’t matter whether they tracked us to the second apartment or assumed we went directly underground.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
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