straight arrow

noun, Informal.
1.
a person who manifests high-minded devotion to clean living and moral righteousness.
Origin
1965–70
Related forms
straight-arrow, adjective
Example Sentences for straight arrow
Her blunt personality earned her a reputation with her superiors as a straight arrow.
British Dictionary definitions for straight arrow
straight arrow
 
n
informal chiefly (US)
 a.  a clean-living and honest person
 b.  (as modifier): a straight-arrow cop

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Slang related to straight arrow

straight arrow

adjective

: The distraught heroine murmured to the straight-arrow hero

noun phrase

A person who observes the social norms of decency, honesty, legality, heterosexuality, etc; a nondeviant : It turns out the boy is a straight arrow underneath his finery/ This is a supervisory job that ordinarily is won by the group Straight Arrow, the Eagle Scout type

[1969+; fr an archetypical upright Native American brave named Straight Arrow, mythically associated with a similar Caucasian who is a straight shooter]


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Difficulty index for straight arrow

Few English speakers likely know this word

Tile value for straight

12
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