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straight and narrow

n.
The way of proper conduct and moral integrity. Used with the: kept strictly to the straight and narrow.

[Alteration (by misunderstanding) of strait and narrow, from "Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life" (Matthew 7:14) from strait.]
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straight and narrow

n
informal the proper, honest, and moral path of behaviour
[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']
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straight′ and nar′row


n.
the way of virtuous or proper conduct.
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Noun1.straight and narrow - the way of proper and honest behavior; "he taught his children to keep strictly to the straight and narrow"
path, way of life, way - a course of conduct; "the path of virtue"; "we went our separate ways"; "our paths in life led us apart"; "genius usually follows a revolutionary path"
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