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straight arrow

noun, Informal.
1.
a person who manifests high-minded devotion to clean living and moral righteousness.
Origin of straight arrow
1965-1970
1965-70
Related forms
straight-arrow, adjective
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Examples from the Web for straight arrow
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  • Horace Ford, the champion shot, decides in favor of the straight arrow, and our readers cannot do better than take his advice.

    Archery Rules Charles F. A. Hinrichs
  • First the strong bow that bends to our hand, then the straight arrow, tough and trim, and the feathers that wing it to its mark.

British Dictionary definitions for straight arrow

straight arrow

noun
1.
(informal, mainly US)
  1. a clean-living and honest person
  2. (as modifier): a straight-arrow cop
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Slang definitions & phrases for straight arrow

straight-ahead

adjective

Unflinching; undeviating: Bill was a straight-ahead guy (1836+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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