straight and narrow

noun

Definition of straight and narrow 

: the way of propriety and rectitude used with the

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Also, having a relationship with God is going to keep you straight and narrow [during those hard] times. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Pusha T, Ella Mai, Jussie Smollett & More Give Aspiring Artists Advice on How to Maintain Their Mental Health," 20 June 2018 Who wants to live vicariously through a former addict's daily effort to stay on the straight and narrow? Hank Stuever, chicagotribune.com, "'Patrick Melrose' is the Cumberbatch-iest show ever made - and that's a good thing," 10 May 2018 Can fourth-round pick Antonio Callaway stay on the straight and narrow? cleveland.com, "When will Baker Mayfield win the Browns' starting job? Hey, Mary Kay!," 8 May 2018 His father, Dennis, was a respected UConn gridiron legend who kept sons Aaron and D.J. on the straight and narrow. Don Oldenburg, USA TODAY, "James Patterson brings thriller approach to 'All-American' killer Aaron Hernandez's story," 22 Jan. 2018 Aaron's parents, Dennis and Teri, were determined to keep the boys on the straight and narrow. CBS News, "All-American Murder: The Rise and Fall of Aaron Hernandez," 20 Jan. 2018 The superpowers’ balancing of laissez-faire and a tight fist was usually enough to keep major clients such as Turkey and Iran, and even Arab-nationalist dictators, on the straight and narrow path of cooperation with them. David Pryce-jones, National Review, "Is Arab Democracy Possible?," 16 Jan. 2018 Here are some highlights to keep you on the straight and narrow. Chris Haghirian, kansascity, "New year, new shows: Krizz Kaliko, Claire Adams, Use Your Atlas," 9 Jan. 2018 But the goal of the festive visit isn't just to reward the parents - it's also intended to strengthen family bonds that could reduce recidivism and help keep kids on the straight and narrow. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Santa Claus pays belated visit to Harris County jail," 28 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of straight and narrow

1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for straight and narrow

probably alteration of strait and narrow; from the admonition of Matthew 7:14 (King James Version), "strait is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life"

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