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set straight

verb phrase

To determine or specify the truth: Let me set you straight on that allegation/ I've come to set the whole thing straight (1849+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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  • The middle row was set straight, the other two rows five or six feet from it and inclining toward it like wigwam-poles.

  • How many things will then be set straight, that now are crooked!

  • My attention is distracted, my composure is upset; I can't rest till things are set straight again.

    No Name Wilkie Collins
  • "There's a matter I wish to set straight," she said impressively.

    A Fortunate Term Angela Brazil
  • He lost his way twice, but was set straight by unsuspecting bluecoats.

    Nedra George Barr McCutcheon
  • You and I have decided that matters ought to be set straight, and so, here goes.

    The House of Martha Frank R. Stockton
  • "Things never can be set straight too soon," said the old lady.

    The Lucky Piece Albert Bigelow Paine
  • But when she was pleased and happy, they set straight up and she seemed to laugh all over.

    Hollow Tree Nights and Days Albert Bigelow Paine
  • As she spoke she set straight a piece of silver that to her critical eye seemed an eighth of an inch out of line.

    The Title Market Emily Post
Idioms and Phrases with set straight

set straight

Correct someone by providing accurate information; also, make an arrangement honest or fair. For example, Let me set you straight about Lisa; she's never actually worked for us, or To set matters straight I'll pay you back Monday. It is sometimes put as set the record straight, meaning “correct an inaccurate account,” as in Just to set the record straight, we arrived at ten. [ First half of 1900s ]
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