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straight arrow

noun, Informal.
1.
a person who manifests high-minded devotion to clean living and moral righteousness.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70
Related forms
straight-arrow, adjective
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  • Her blunt personality earned her a reputation with her superiors as a straight arrow.
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 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]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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