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on the straight and narrowHonest; proceeding according to rules and plans.Rate it:

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straight and narrowA path of honesty; procedure according to rules and plans.Rate it:

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narrow downMake more specific.Rate it:

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narrow boatcanal bargeRate it:

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straight as an arrowvery straight, travelling in a very straight trajectory.Rate it:

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get it straight from the horses mouthGet it truthfully, incisively, directly, explicitly.Rate it:

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get it straight, Understand It Correctly, Get The Truth In The MatterRate it:

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get something straightTo understand; to clarify.Rate it:

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go straightTo discontinue engaging in criminal acts; to become a law-abiding person.Rate it:

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keep straightTo avoid confusing or mixing up something; to keep something clear or organized.Rate it:

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not see straightUsed other than as an idiom: see not, see, straight.Rate it:

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not see straightTo be unable to think clearly.Rate it:

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scare straightTo frighten (someone) to such a degree that a significant improvement in behavior results.Rate it:

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set straightTo correct; to make right or true.Rate it:

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straight arrowA person of conventional moralityRate it:

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straight awayVery soon; quickly; immediately.Rate it:

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straight faceA face that is expressionless, especially not laughing.Rate it:

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straight from the horse's mouthDirectly from the source; firsthand.Rate it:

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straight from the shoulderDone in a direct manner; blunt.Rate it:

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straight manA member of a team of comic performers who plays a supporting role by helping to set up jokes and punch lines through engaging in preparatory dialog with the principal comedian; a foil who plays such a role in theatrical comedy.Rate it:

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straight out of the chuteSomething done immediately, or "from the beginning". Taken from rodeo routine: the bucking bronco, or bull, or the calf for the calf-roping contest is kept in a narrow pen, a chute, until it is released and dashes out to its fate.Rate it:

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straight shooterA person who is honest and forthright.Rate it:

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straight shooterA person who is blunt, sometimes to the point of being harsh or offensive.Rate it:

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straight shooterA type of pipe used for smoking cocaine.Rate it:

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give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetimeIt is more worthwhile to teach someone to do something than to do it for them.Rate it:

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give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetimeIt is more worthwhile to teach someone to do something, than to do something for them.Rate it:

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all fur coat and no knickersOf superficial appearance and with no real substance beneath.Rate it:

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and all thisUsed at the end of a statement to insinuate that there is more information that can be inferred from the preceding.Rate it:

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bells and whistlesExtra features added for show rather than function; fancy additions or features.Rate it:

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bread-and-butterUsed other than as an idiom: see bread, and, butter.Rate it:

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bread-and-butterRelating to basic sustenance or the requirements for everyday living for the masses.Rate it:

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bright-eyed and bushy-tailedneatly attired, well dressed.Rate it:

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by/in leaps and boundsvery quickly, in large amountsRate it:

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caught between the devil and the deep blue seaHaving a choice between two alternatives, both undesirable.Rate it:

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damned if one does and damned if one doesn'tA dilemma where either choice results in a negative outcome.Rate it:

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fight tooth and nailTo use every means possible to overcome a difficult opposition.Rate it:

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give him enough rope and he'll hang himselfIf one gives someone enough freedom of action, they may destroy themselves by foolish actions.Rate it:

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here and thereFrom time to time.Rate it:

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if it quacks like a duck, waddles like a duck and looks like a duck, chances are it's a duckif something has all the attributes and appearances of being a certain thing, the probability exists that it is that thing.Rate it:

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make like a tree and leaveto leave, departRate it:

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off and onIntermittently.Rate it:

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rain cats and dogsTo rain very heavily.Rate it:

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raining cats and dogsRaining heavilyRate it:

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rise and shineUsed to wish someone happiness upon waking upRate it:

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stop an eight-day clock and throw it into reverseBefore batteries and household electricity were used to power clocks, most clocks had to be wound by hand to keep operating. Eight-day clocks were designed so they only had to be wound every eighth day and the movement only turned in a clockwise direction. Therefore, someone with an appearance objectionable enough to stop the clock and send the movement spinning in the wrong and opposite direction would be ugly indeed.Rate it:

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name and shameSo as to single them out for individual blame and censure.Rate it:

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early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wiseplatitude from Benjamin Franklin under the pseudonym Poor Richard.Rate it:

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safe and soundHaving come to no harm, especially after being exposed to danger.Rate it:

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a day late and a dollar shortAction that was taken too late and too feeble to be of any use.Rate it:

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a hundred and ten percentThe exertion of more than seems possible, hence 110%, not 100%, the usual maximum amount possible.Rate it:

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