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straight and narrow



  1. (informal) the proper, honest, and moral path of behaviour

Word Origin

perhaps an alteration of strait and narrow, an allusion to Matthew 7:14: 'strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life'

Example Sentences Including 'straight and narrow'

Marvellous what a few kind words would do to set a man on the straight and narrow , thought Dalziel complacently.
Anthony Masters CASCADES - THE DAY OF THE DEAD (2001)
He could have lured Christine off the straight and narrow so as to put himself in a bargaining position vis--vis Trevor.
Richard Francis PROSPECT HILL (2003)
`I told him what would happen if he strayed off the straight and narrow , and believe me, that's exactly what happened, just what I said.
Smith, Mitchell Stone City


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