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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'

As a father he had naturally done everything in his power to ensure his children would follow him along the straight and narrow path.
Stone, Pauline Relationships, Astrology, and Karma
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 would say I had to smoke for work and then I slipped, but I think I'm on the straight and narrow.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2004)
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)
So, what to avoid if you want to stay on the PMS straight and narrow ?
Courier, Sunday Mail (2004)
The star performer of a company that prides itself on its honesty is not exactly sticking to the straight and narrow.
Business Today (1999)
Yes, Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford at Yves Saint Laurent and Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton were ploughing the straight and narrow.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
`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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