straighten out

phrasal verb
straightened out; straightening out; straightens out

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.

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“Straighten out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/straighten%20out. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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