the straight and narrow

Definition of the straight and narrow

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

Word by Word Definitions

straight play
  1. : free from curves, bends, angles, or irregularities

  2. : generated by a point moving continuously in the same direction and expressed by a linear equation

  3. : lying along or holding to a direct or proper course or method

  1. : in a straight manner

  1. : straighten

  1. : something that is straight: such as

  2. : a straight line or arrangement

  3. : straightaway

narrow play
  1. : of slender width

  2. : of less than standard or usual width

  3. : woven in widths usually less than 18 inches (46 centimeters)

  1. : to decrease the breadth or extent of : contract

  2. : to decrease the scope or sphere of : limit

  3. : to lessen in width or extent : contract

  1. : a narrow part or passage


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