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straight and narrow

Definitions

noun

  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'

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)
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)
`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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