straight arrow

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straight arrow

n. Informal
1. A morally upright person.
2. A person regarded as being extremely conventional.

[From the phrase straight as an arrow.]

straight′-ar′row adj.
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straight arrow

informal chiefly
a. a clean-living and honest person
b. (as modifier): a straight-arrow cop.
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straight′ ar′row

a person righteously devoted to clean or conventional living.
straight′-ar′row, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.straight arrow - a frank and honest person
good person - a person who is good to other people
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At his back his bow, and in the quiver upon his shield many slim, straight arrows, well smeared with the thick, dark, tarry substance that rendered deadly their tiniest needle prick.
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STRAIGHT ARROW (4.30) scored in style on his handicap bow at Wetherby and looks open to any amount of improvement under young Patrick O'Donnell.
It was even worse than booing, it was genial derision, a spontaneous outpouring from people who, if they have learned anything during this campaign, it is how to tell the difference between a straight arrow and a corkscrew.
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For much of the book, it is easy to pity Shin, but he is not pitched as the straight arrow one might want him to be.