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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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