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straight and narrow

the way of virtuous or proper conduct:
After his release from prison, he resolved to follow the straight and narrow.
1945-50 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for straight narrow

straight and narrow

(informal) the proper, honest, and moral path of behaviour
Word Origin
perhaps an alteration of strait and narrow, an allusion to Matthew 7:14: ``strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life''
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Slang definitions & phrases for straight narrow


  1. Unmixed; undiluted; neat: He takes his liquor straight (1874+)
  2. Not using narcotics; not addicted; clean (1950s+ Narcotics)
  3. Having had a narcotics dose, esp the first one of the day: Once the addict has had his shot and is ''straight'' he may become industrious (1946+ Narcotics)
  4. Heterosexual; not sexually deviant (1941+ fr homosexuals)
  5. True; honest and direct: from straight-poop tough to moral (1530+)

A tobacco cigarette; square (1960s+ Musicians & students)

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