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straight man

an entertainer who plays the part of a foil for a comic partner.
Origin of straight man
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Once they become convinced that you are a straight man, they give you their unbounded confidence.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • Were I a straight man as you are, I might not have come for you to-night.

    Vayenne Percy Brebner
  • Well, I want a straight man, with good nerves and a cool head, to run a sugar estate for me.

    The Dust of Conflict David Goodger (
  • He used to pray to beat creation, and then some, but he was a straight man all right.

    The Major Ralph Connor
  • If you say flat you didnt get the goods well let it go, because we know youre a straight man, and think youre right.

    The Boss of Wind River David Goodger (
British Dictionary definitions for straight man

straight man

a subsidiary actor who acts as stooge to a comedian
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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straight goods

noun phrase

The truth: Is all dat straight goods? (1892+)

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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