straighten out

phrasal verb

straightened out; straightening out; straightens out
1
: to make (something) straight or to become straight
You need to straighten out your legs for this stretch.
The river curves and then straightens out again.
2
: to make (something) organized or tidy : to put (something) in order
He took time to straighten out the papers on his desk.
3
: to deal with (something) successfully
I need more time to straighten out my problems.
4
: to improve in behavior or condition or to cause (someone or something) to improve in behavior or condition
He straightened out after joining the army.
The problem will not straighten out on its own.
You need to straighten your life out.
Her parents sent her to boarding school to straighten her out.

Examples of straighten out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the beginning of Season 1, an abusive partner is straightened out before Reacher has even uttered a word: Reacher just has to stand in a diner parking lot and stare at him. James Parker, The Atlantic, 19 Jan. 2024 The move is the administration’s latest attempt to straighten out a process that has been marred by errors after student loan payments restarted in October. Collin Binkley, Twin Cities, 5 Jan. 2024 The mix-up was straightened out with the help of a bottle of whiskey and a group of Western news correspondents who happened to be there, including A.J. Liebling, the celebrated American journalist for The New Yorker. Robert D. McFadden, New York Times, 4 Jan. 2024 The Boston Bruins doused the festive vibes on New Year's Eve at Little Caesars Arena with consecutive goals, but the Wings kept taking shots until that was straightened out. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 31 Dec. 2023 This device comes with a round brush and paddle brush for adding volume and straightening out any kinks. Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 26 Nov. 2023 So much of that crucially hinges on straightening out the ops center, a small but vital operation that is responsible for all train movement on the subway system. Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Aug. 2023 Clothing steamers, on the other hand, are a more user-friendly way to straighten out your wardrobe. Barbara Bellesi Zito, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Sep. 2023 Still, the calendar won’t wait for Smith to get things completely straightened out. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 22 Sep. 2023 See More

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“Straighten out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/straighten%20out. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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