straight arrow

noun Informal.
a person who manifests high-minded devotion to clean living and moral righteousness.

Origin:
1965–70

straight-arrow, adjective
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straight arrow
 
n
informal chiefly (US)
 a.  a clean-living and honest person
 b.  (as modifier): a straight-arrow cop

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straight arrow definition


  1. n.
    an honest person; a law-abiding citizen. (See also straight shooter.) : Willy is really a straight arrow at heart—as long as he's not around Max. , Max is not a straight arrow. Slime is more like it.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Her blunt personality earned her a reputation with her superiors as a straight arrow.
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