straighten out

straighten

[streyt-n]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to make or become straight in direction, form, position, character, conduct, condition, etc. (often followed by up or out ).

Origin:
1535–45; straight + -en1

straightener, noun
overstraighten, verb
prestraighten, verb (used with object)
restraighten, verb
unstraightened, adjective
well-straightened, adjective
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straighten (ˈstreɪtən)
 
vb (sometimes foll by up or out)
1.  to make or become straight
2.  (tr) to make neat or tidy: straighten your desk
 
'straightener
 
n

straighten out
 
vb
1.  to make or become less complicated or confused: the situation will straighten out
2.  (US), (Canadian) to reform or become reformed

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Idioms & Phrases

straighten out

  1. Clear up disorder, a confusion, or a misunderstanding, as in This is an awful mess; I hope you'll straighten it out, or I don't understand; please straighten me out. [Late 1800s]

  2. Adopt an honest, upright course, as in He's only sixteen; I'm sure he'll straighten out before long. [First half of 1900s]

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