straight and narrow
Definition of straight and narrow
: the way of propriety and rectitude —used with the
Origin and Etymology of 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”
First Known Use: 1930See Words from the same year
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