the straight and narrow


: the way of living that is honest and morally proper
His wife keeps him on the straight and narrow.

Examples of the straight and narrow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There's nothing like a chilling true crime story to help keep you on the straight and narrow. Melissa Sherrard,, 16 Sep. 2023 Still, the reformed family man wasn’t always on the straight and narrow path. Alex Ross, Peoplemag, 14 Dec. 2023 Understanding The Roadblocks Although government oversight and market pressures are powerful motivators for keeping you on the straight and narrow path, their looming weight doesn’t guarantee compliance. Matt Lowe, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 With a healthy disdain toward the deluge of labels thrust upon anyone that veers from the straight and narrow, Gallardo Vásquez sets off in search of Machi Marcelina, a Mapuche elder and spiritual figure unjustly detained in a men’s prison after being accused of killing one of her patients. Holly Jones, Variety, 24 Aug. 2023 Just like my mother, Sadie dreams of a life outside of the straight and narrow path the women around her are walking. May Cobb, Good Housekeeping, 24 July 2023 Ex-fence/current furniture store owner Ray Carney has gone on the straight and narrow and hopes to stay that way despite persistent efforts of his former partners in crime. The Editors, Town & Country, 4 July 2023 Parents at the end of their rope over a teenager’s wild behavior often turn to programs marketed as boot camps, wilderness therapy or boarding schools delivering tough love to push wayward youth back onto the straight and narrow. Joseph Morton, Dallas News, 27 Apr. 2023 Binance, notwithstanding its recent pledges to walk the straight and narrow, has probably pushed the legal envelope further than most of its rivals. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune Crypto, 10 Apr. 2023

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“The straight and narrow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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