straighten up

phrasal verb

straightened up; straightening up; straightens up
: to make (something) organized or tidy : to put (something) in order
They straightened up the house after the party.
: to move the body to an upright position
Straighten up. There's no excuse for slouching.
US : to improve in behavior
You need to straighten up, young man.

Examples of straighten up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The show followed an Instagram-famous organizing company as its two founders straightened up Reese Witherspoon’s closet and Khloé Kardashian’s garage and Jordana Brewster’s refrigerator, among other cluttered storage areas of the rich and fabulous. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 8 Jan. 2024 Providing assistance around the house like taking the dog out for a walk or straightening up can also be a big help. Ashlyn Messier, Fox News, 24 Sep. 2023 Hello Alfred positioned itself as a twice-weekly concierge for your house, picking up dry cleaning, straightening up, and delivering groceries for a $99 a month fee., 13 Sep. 2023 Let cosmic energy fill you with motivation -- potentially someone will visit as a reason to straighten up, or your efforts could all be out of self-care. Tarot Astrologers, Chicago Tribune, 7 July 2023

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“Straighten up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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