straight man

straight man

noun
an entertainer who plays the part of a foil for a comic partner.

Origin:
1925–30

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straight man
 
n
a subsidiary actor who acts as stooge to a comedian

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straight man definition


  1. n.
    someone who sets up jokes or gags so that someone else can say the punch line. : I'm tired of being a straight man for a has-been comic.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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