get (something) straight

idiom

: to understand what is true or what is stated to be true
You need to get your facts straight.
Let me get this straight: are you saying that you won't help us?

Examples of get (something) straight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Take control: Sign up for The Tech Friend newsletter to get straight talk and advice on how to make your tech a force for good. Chris Velazco, Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2024 Stories cut through the noise and clutter and get straight to what matters—building an emotional connection. Jason Haddock, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 This modesty had a genuine, even wholesome aspect: we were never pressured to get straight A’s, or any A’s; B’s were fine—there was no need to prove our intelligence. Mary Gaitskill, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 Likewise, scientists can spend their finite research time in a museum waiting to get a single bone down from a shelf with a forklift or get straight to the business of studying the anatomy of a more sensibly sized animal. Michael D. D'emic, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2023 Initially, that was so that every master’s and Ph.D. student coming in the door could get straight to the business of answering interesting research questions. IEEE Spectrum, 20 Nov. 2023 And possibly skipping over some scenes to get straight to the altar. Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2023 Sean Penn likes to get straight to the meat of the matter. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 14 Sep. 2023 Tobias is feeling a little miffed about his inability to get straight answers from AT&T. Los Angeles Times, 5 Nov. 2021

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“Get (something) straight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/get%20%28something%29%20straight. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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