Definition of straighten 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.
Word by Word Definitions
: in a direction away from the inside or center
: from among others
: eject, oust
: to identify publicly as being such secretly
: to identify as being a closet homosexual
: used as a function word to indicate an outward movement
: situated outside : external
: situated at a distance : outlying
: one who is out of office or power or on the outside
: an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball
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