straight and narrow


Definition of straight and narrow

: the way of propriety and rectitude used with the

Examples of straight and narrow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Throwing off sparks like a Roman candle, Jackman turns the character into a romantic hero who just needs the love of a good woman to set him on the straight and narrow. Charles Mcnultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2022 Dewey gets in trouble at school, so Ata tags in Andre the Giant to help set him on the straight and narrow. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2022 In retrospect, Louisville's pursuit of a new basketball coach appears to have followed a straight and narrow path to Kenny Payne. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 18 Mar. 2022 Shortly after Michael’s release, tragedy strikes and while the family desires retribution, Michael stays devoted to staying on the straight and narrow (so far). Scott King, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Will, preferring the straight and narrow, joined the Marines. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 8 Apr. 2022 The local rapper had been on the straight and narrow, completing 90 days at an unknown facility, his lawyer confirmed. al, 4 Jan. 2022 Townes has never had another serious incident since enrolling at Fern Creek as a junior, and his mother also didn’t mind having the extra support to make sure Townes stayed on the straight and narrow. Jonathan Saxon, The Courier-Journal, 19 Oct. 2021 If the driver can handle that, the truck will stay on the straight and narrow. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 12 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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14 May 2022

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“Straight and narrow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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