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straight arrow Line breaks: straight arrow
North American informal

Definition of straight arrow in English:


An honest, morally upright person: he was remembered as a loner and a straight arrow
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  • Paul was what we called a straight arrow, maybe the straightest I have ever known.
  • Joe was the straightest of the straight arrows, a real gentleman.
  • You can tell his character is gonna be a straight arrow when he refuses to let an unctuous lobbyist buy him breakfast.


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Honest and morally upright: the straight-arrow head coach found himself answering for their crimes
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  • So many Hollywood pretty boys of the past gave us nothing but straight-arrow heroes, while swamping the ageing process in soft-focus photography to ever-decreasing effect.
  • Max might like to point out that most of his clients are the tackier celebs, but he's still the uxorious straight-arrow type.
  • Hence, when Danielle is coerced back into the world of porn by her edgy former producer, it is down to Kelly's straight-arrow over-achiever to drive to Las Vegas to rescue her, complete with geeky friends in tow.
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