1. esp. of language, unadorned, undiluted, expressed in a straightforward manner, honest.
|Clockmaker III 37: There’s no nonsense about her: she is as straight as a shingle in her talk, right up and down.|
|Mysteries and Miseries of N.Y. III 10: It’s a bad business, Lize, but you do seem to tell a straight story!|
|(con. c.1840) Huckleberry Finn (2001) 121: Come, now, tell a straight story.|
|Sporting Times 1 Feb. 1/4: Straight business, m’ fren’.|
|Boy’s Own Paper 18 May 516: I want, sir, a straight answer.|
|Songs of a Sourdough 34: But I want to state, and my words are straight, and I’ll bet my poke they’re true.‘The Shooting of Dan McGrew’ in|
|Gem 28 Oct. 13: Was that a straight yarn you told us this morning?|
|Third Round 735: ‘Any idea what caused the explosion?’ ‘I ‘aven’t, governor — that’s strite.’.|
|Carry on, Jeeves 96: He had certainly told New York some pretty straight things about itself, having apparently taken a dislike to the place.|
|Always Leave ’Em Dying 11: For a couple of seconds I felt like giving this gal a straight answer.|
|A House For Mr Biswas 173: Just let me get this straight. Mugroo owe me money.|
|Family Arsenal 96: I’ve been straight with you.|
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] Come on Grandad, just give me a straight yes or no!‘A Losing Streak’|
|Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 182: If you want me to keep helping you out, Dennis, you’ll have to be straight with me.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 57: He fell asleep getting his stories straight.|
|Vinnie Got Blown Away 67: Be straight with you though he was up after a freeman’s fucking soft idiot.|
|Layer Cake 18: My card had been marked, I could be completely straight with him.|
2. of an individual, in pocket (esp. after a spell of poverty), recompensed.
|(con. 1836) Reports of Cases Argued and Determined XXXI 369: In assumpsit on a promissory note bearing interest, proof that defendant, being sent to by plaintiff for money, paid 1l., and said, ‘this puts us straight for last year’s interest’.|
|White Moll 216: That puts us straight, you and me, don’t it, Bertha?|
|Really the Blues 163: We’ll know we always did our best, and we’ll be straight with ourselves.|
|‘The Night the Bird Blew for Doctor Warner’ in Southern (1973) 55: Level with me ’cause I’m straight for loot, dig.|
|Mr Love and Justice (1964) 43: ‘You want me call the law?’ the Bengali landlord echoed. ‘No, no -No, no – I’ll see you straight: a fiver!’.|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 98: Soon as I was straight, I’d lay her ten bolos back on her.|
|Powder 52: Once I’m straight we split everything fifty-fifty.|
|Outlaws (ms.) 176: We’re straight now, me and Ged. We’re equals.|
|Place on the Corner 85: ‘Eli, lemme hold somethin’. I’ll see you straight when my check comes’ (meaning lend me some money and I’ll repay you when I get it).|
3. respectable; trustworthy .
|Clockmaker II 223: Yes, we are as straight as a shingle in our dealins, and do things above board handsum.|
|Letters to Young People 141: ‘Own up,’ now, and ‘do the straight thing,’ and I’ll ‘set you down’ as ‘one of the women we read of’.|
|Post to Finish I 109: I’m pretty straight, but you can’t expect me to take off my hat and say ‘After you, sir’.|
|Child of the Jago (1982) 50: I was alwis kep’ respectable an’ straight all my life.|
|Heart of Darkness 57: You know I hate, detest, and can’t bear a lie, not because I am straighter than the rest of us, but simply because it appals me.|
|Lonely Plough (1931) 98: She’s absolutely straight – couldn’t cheat if she tried.|
|Human Side of Crook and Convict Life 252: The trio [...] determined that on the first occasion the ‘bird to pluck’ turned up the game should be straight.|
|Night and the City 78: I met ever such a nice feller. What I liked about him was, he was straight.|
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 157: I told em no, you was a straight joe when they all said you was yellow. Looks like I was wrong.|
|Burn, Killer, Burn! 312: That Dipper is one straight ofay.|
|Sun. Times Mag. 12 Oct. 25: I never once had a straight job that I enjoyed – not once.|
|Skin Tight 190: Nobody played a straight game any more.|
4. law-abiding, honest; spec. of a reformed criminal.
|Five Years’ Penal Servitude 242: He vowed, however, that this time he would go to America [...] and try to be satisfied with ‘straight’ work.|
|Dock Rats of N.Y. (2006) 112: ‘See here, Johnny, you’re on some crooked game.’ ‘My game is straight enough.’.|
|Truth (Perth) 14 Jan. 8/8: I’m alludin’ to straight houses / [...] / Where the business it are proper— / Not no low down slenter show.|
|Five Thousand an Hour Ch. vi: I don’t believe there’s a man in New York with a straighter and cleaner record than Gamble’s.|
|Fourth Form Friendship 111: ‘Be a little straighter in future, if you want to keep chums with me’.|
|Autobiog. of a Thief 47: I remembered that I wasn’t ‘straight’ any more.|
|Horse’s Mouth (1948) 175: Suppose the Professor is straight and his friends are really the sort of people who would give me money, real money for a picture.|
|Crazy Kill 88: We’re looking for a boy [...] called Iron jaw. His straight monicker is Ibsen.|
|Scene (1996) 79: I can’t understand it [...] He could quit right now and be straight for the rest of his life.|
|Manchild in the Promised Land (1969) 193: They were all straight. They weren’t into any crime or stuff.|
|Inside the Und. 106: A straight copper generally becomes news only when he is the victim of a shooting.|
|in That Was Business, This Is Personal 35: If you want a niceish job where you’re mixing with ‘straight’ people they’ve got to be told about your family.|
|Bad Debts (2012) [ebook] Wife can’t believe it. Kid, job. Says he’s been absolutely straight.|
|Guardian G2 14 Oct. 3: He went straight for seven years, but slipped up in 1997 and got four months for theft.|
|Indep. 19 Feb. 8: Yes, I am straight and all the others bent!|
5. of a situation, honest, satisfactory, as one desires, ‘sorted’.
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 111/2: So to make things straight [...] he ‘stalled’ his ‘mug’ for a few minutes and reappeared with a full bottle of wine.|
|Referee 17 Apr. n.p.: But going to first principles, nothing can be straighter or more likely to work to an employer’s interest than for his jockey to back his own mount [F&H].|
|Jives of Dr. Hepcat (1989) 2: The mellow little old frames are showcasing their ‘frantic threads,’ and the cool kitties are riffing in their ‘mad fronts’ and daddy you better believe everything is much straight.|
|Mr Love and Justice (1964) 45: Let’s get a few things straight.|
|Black Jargon in White America 81: straight adj. 1. permissible; acceptable.|
|Observer 18 July 25: It’s extremely clear and simple. I’d like to get it straight.|
|UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2014 14: STRAIGHT — state of being okay with another: X: ‘Sorry, bro.’ Y: ‘It’s cool, man. We straight’ .(ed.)|
|Sellout (2016) 128: Asking Hominy what he wanted for his birthday this year. [...] ‘I don’t know. Just get me some racism and I’llm be straight’.|
6. a synon. for SE right.
|Paved with Gold 123: If I have gone wrong, you and Bertie is the only ones as could put me straight again.|
|Magnet 29 Feb. 15: If you’re going to do the straight thing, as I thought you were.|
|Plastic Age 201: You might as well get me straight right now: I’m going to run with whoever I want.|
|Coonardoo 264: I sort of feel we’re straight for each other, like the blacks say.|
|Corner Boy 44: You stick with me, kid, I’ll see you straight.|
|Go, Man, Go! 75: Something’s got to be straight, Beano. Bernice is chicken to tell you. We’re for each other.|
|Kill Your Darlings 45: Let me get this straight. Are you seriously asking me what Martin Amis was like in bed?|
7. of a wager, definite.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 2 May 10/2: Six previous convictions were recorded against him, and things looked straight at three weeks or a fiver, especially as he did not trot out the ague idea; but he mentioned in a casual sort of way that he was a prominent member of the Salvation Army, and the Bench passed the case on for seven days to allow the prisoner to leave Collingwood.|
8. of a woman, chaste, respectable.
|letter q. in Wiley Life of Billy Yank (1952) 259: There are so many hore houses in town which must have a Sentinel at each door for to keep them Straight.|
|‘Blooming Aesthetic’ in Rag 30 Sept. n.p.: A tallow-faced-straight young girl, / A never-out-late young girl.|
|Soldiers Three (1907) 48: A wife [...] the straightest in the contonmints.‘The Solid Muldoon’ in|
|Plastic Age 156: Some fellows say it ’s all right to have a woman, and some fellows say it ’s all wrong, but I notice none of them have any use for a woman who is n’t straight.|
|You’re in the Racket, Too 80: It was a shame that she was a straight girl, because then there would have been no need for him to go trailing all the way up to the West End.|
9. of information etc., trustworthy, undisputable.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 8 Jan. 5/1: Mr. Hilly […] is the centre of half a score of boys, though whether he is imparting instruction or receiving various straight griffins, is impossible to be determined.|
|Double Event 22: He’s got the straight griff for something.|
|Complete Short Stories (1993) I 239: ‘It’s only a “hunch,” Kid,’ he said; ‘but I think it’s straight.’.‘Odyssey of the North’|
|Spats’ Fact’ry (1922) 38: I don’t mind givin’ yeh ther real straight grif aerbout bad men.|
|White Moll xi: Is dat straight wot de papers said about youse-know-who gettin’ pinched?|
|Julian’s Way 376: It’s not the standard story for sorrowing relatives. I’m giving you the straight griff.|
|London After Dark 99: I got the straight info on a screwing job. Might be worth a nice bit, eh?|
|Down and Out 130: If what you’re saying is really on the line and straight, then there’s no reason why they can’t review your case.|
10. in criminal terms, trustworthy.
|Hooligan Nights 105: I knew she was straight, ’cause she was workin’ wiv a pal of mine.|
|Powers That Prey 102: That bloke Minick straight? [...] Can he keep his clapper quiet?|
|Marvel 15 Oct. 25: I know you’re straight enough, and won’t let me into a hole.|
|Little Caesar 116: As long as he’s straight with me, I ain’t got no interest in him at all.|
|Gentlemen of the Broad Arrows 137: The ruling section of the prison, comprised of convicts whom the lags acknowledge as ‘straight men’.|
|Really the Blues 22: Baby, don’t you want a straight girl for a change?|
|Und. Nights 39: Morry [...] if you were a straight man you would not waste my time like this.|
|‘Do Your Crying for the Living’ in Life (1976) 165: The scratch is right and the set-up looks straight.et al.|
|Transcript Foster Inquiry in Perverts by Official Order (1989) 54: ‘Are you the only straight one in this crowd?’ ‘I am not,’ replied the sailor, ‘saying that I am straight.’ [...] ‘As they say in sets I have known,’ he confessed, ‘it is a dash of lavender.’.|
|Gay Girl’s Guide 10: go down on: A quasi-straight term for do, ‘blow’, etc. [...] Others [i.e. bars] are here today and straight tomorrow.et al.|
|Naked Lunch (1968) 147: I’m fucking this citizen so I think, ‘A straight John at last’.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 28: I’ll never forget that atrocious scene he pulled on us. All those straight creeps are like that.|
|Faggots 286: While 73% of The Pines is straight-owned, 99% is faggot-occupied.|
|Yes We have No 151: Young and old, bent and straight.|
|Queer Street 300: By and large, now, they’ve turned bleedin’ sensitive – / And I’m talking about the straight ones, darling.‘Vilja de Tanquay Exults’ in|
|Way Home (2009) 80: [Homosexuality] was not an issue of derision among the boys who were straight.|
|Daily Mail 30 Jan. [Internet] ‘She’s the first girl I have been with.’ Gay toyboy insists [she] turned him straight.|
|in Adult 10 Feb. [Internet] A metaphor, ‘straight’ is also a remarkably apt term for heterosexuals, and I say this as woman who loves dick.|
|Tales of the Honey Badger [ebook] ...about as straight as a Mardi Gras.|
12. aware, understanding, comprehending.
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 218: Get that straight, and don’t forget it!Young Manhood in|
|Coll. Stories (1990) 38: I had to get them people straight an’ get ’em straightened fast.‘Let Me at the Enemy’ in|
|Hiparama of the Classics 10: Gonna get you straight! If they can’t get you straight, they know a Cat, that knows a Cat, that’ll Straighten you!|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 51: We stopped short and waited cool-like for little Crip to set us straight on what was happening.|
|‘Enough’ [lyrics] I’m on deck, on point, I’m straight, I’m cool.|
|Mother Jones July/Aug. [Internet] You ’bout to do half my time with me. You straight with that?|
13. in the sex industry, involving normal heterosexual intercourse, with no ‘perversions’, e.g. flagellation or bestiality.
|Sister of the Road (1975) 178: Nowadays few men want it straight. They want it half and half.|
|Norman’s London 209: I gather that these days there is little call for what is known as ‘straight gear’.|
|Dead Butler Caper 38: How do you want it – straight or French?|
|Remorseful Day (2000) 366: She with a succession of straight or kinky but always besotted bedmates.|
|Layer Cake 25: Your British are very straight really in what they want.|
14. (UK Und.) susceptible to bribery or corruption, thus, from a criminal point of view sense 10.
|Boss of Britain’s Underworld 38: Some screws could always be straightened. If you knew your way around [i.e. prison] you got a straight screw and he smuggled your snout in for you.|
15. conventional, as opposed to the values of the ‘counterculture’.
|Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1969) 356: Anybody want a straight job?|
|Rolling Stone 22 Sept. 14: He’d been really a sorta straight, sportsman type.|
|Fixx 131: He was a high-flyer in the straight establishment.|
|Happy Like Murderers 75: Symbols of everything everybody was apparently rebelling against. Straight life.|
|Layer Cake 12: Very straight, square birds were downing Es at a rate of knots and getting chopped, fucked in khazis.|
|Rubdown [ebook] ‘You grew up with hippies?’ [...] ‘The only way I could rebel was to do something really straight’.|
16. safe, beyond suspicion.
|(con. 1920s) Burglar to the Nobility 37: We got into the straight car which we had stashed three streets away.|
|Way Home (2009) 28: ‘Are they going to get you, Chris?’ [...] ‘Nah, I’m straight [...] Long as they didn’t read my plates, I’ll be fine’.|
17. (US campus) likeable.
|Campus Sl. Mar. 7: straight – likeable, acceptable: ‘Have you seen Eddie’s new girlfriend. She’s straight.’.|
|‘Under the Influence’ [lyrics] I was straight until I got caught sellin’ em shaped.|
see straight bogey under bogey n.1
see under crip n.
(Aus./N.Z.) the truth.
|N.Z. Truth 4 Aug. 4/7: Then I told him the straight dincum.|
1. the honest truth, undisputed facts or full information.
|S.F. Call 6 Aug. 24/3: Is there any difference between ‘dope’ and ‘straight dope’ and ‘good dope’?|
|Dly Arizona Silver Belt (Globe, AZ) 24 Dec. 5/2: Aw quit yer kiddin’ an’ gimme the straight dope.|
|Day Book (Chicago) 18 Mar. 13/1: Ain’t I given you the dope straight?|
|Perrysburg Jrnl (OH) 22 May 2/1: ‘Straight dope?’ he demanded sternly. ‘No phoney gag, but the real thing?’.|
|Little Caesar 118: ‘Them books is crooked.’ ‘Straight dope?’ asked Rico, his face hardening.|
|Over the Wall 326: I’m giving you the straight dope.|
|Rebellion of Leo McGuire (1953) 55: That’s the straight dope, Mr. McGuire.|
|Savage Night (1991) 64: Had The Man given me the straight dope?|
|(con. 1920s) South of Heaven (1994) 195: You just give us the straight dope.|
|Going After Cacciato (1980) 131: It’s the straight dope. We been kidnapped.|
2. used as adv. completely, utterly.
|http://grey-magazine.com July [Internet] A particularly egregious police shooting [...] One that should never have happened, one where we straight-dope fucked up.|
see under goer n.
(Aus.) honest behaviour.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 7 Feb. 7/1: Of late years, however, he turned the game up completely; in fact, he stoutly opposed the sport in his own native district, not because he loved the turf less, but because he loved straight going more.|
1. the absolute truth.
|Letters from the Southwest (1989) 43: I experimented a little to see if this story was ‘straight goods’.letter 23 Oct. in Byrkit|
|Stories of Chinatown 7: ‘What’s that yer givin’ us?’ sarcastically inquired Jerry Barnett [...] ‘Straight goods,’ answered Lloyd.|
|More Ex-Tank Tales 81: I told him the straight goods as to how I happened to be reclining by the roadside.|
|Varmint 321: ‘Honest?’ ‘Straight goods!’.|
|Gay-cat 88: It’s all straight goods, too. I ain’t follered Slim fur months [...] fur nothin’.|
|Rain II 155: Tell him I can get work in Sydney—straight stuff.|
|Flirt and Flapper 79: Flirt: What is the object of gaining riches if your children cannot benefit by it? Flapper: That’s straight goods.|
|Red Wind (1946) 100: ‘I don’t have them,’ he insisted. ‘Straight goods. I never saw them.’.‘Blackmailers Don’t Shoot’ in|
|Short Stories (1937) 204: I always give you the straight stuff.‘Wedding Bells Will Ring’ in|
|Sudden Takes the Trail 13: Is that the straight goods?|
|Speed Detective Aug. [Internet] So we contacted Lanza and he said yes, that was straight goods; you did make threats.‘Latin Blood’ in|
|Scrambled Yeggs 73: ‘Straight goods?’ ‘Straight, Scotty. I always give it to you straight, don’t I?’.|
|Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 52: straight goods – The real nitty gritty.|
|In La-La Land We Trust (1999) 130: I swear this flick’s the straight goods.|
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
|Sarjint Larry an’ Frinds 25: Yess, sorr, Oi am now de Datto of Bassuk – a reg’lar straight goods Datto, mind you.|
3. a person who tells the truth.
|Indiana State Sentinel 28 Sept. 4/5: It turns out that these [...] Republican bosses, when analyzed are not the straight goods.|
|Boss 97: He’s th’ straight goods.|
|Sarjint Larry an’ Frinds 57: We were beginning to think dat our stranger friend was straight goods indade.|
|Strictly Business (1915) 266: When a fellow has a girl – a steady girl – she’s got to be all right, you know. She’s got to be straight goods.‘Past One at Rooney’s’ in|
4. undiluted spirits.
|True Bills 26: It was customary to mix Tea, Coffee, Sherbet, Lemonade, Egg-Nog, Artillery Punch, Fizzerine, and Straight Goods until [...] the last Caller was Sozzled.‘The Fable of Successful Tobias’ in|
5. a competent individual.
|St Louis Republican (MO) 30 Aug. 52/7: If [...] he’s got the straight goods in him, you’ll have an easy time of it.|
|Ohinemuri Gaz. (N.Z.) 22 Nov. 1/4: He anticipates a real good thing for the Yanks and a correspondingly bad one for ‘Jerry’. The latter is assuredly up against the ‘straight goods’.|
see under oil n.
see under pitch v.
see poop n.4 (2)
see under skinny n.3
see straight goods
see under tip n.5
see under trick n.1
see under wire n.1
of an individual, behaving respectably and honestly; of an object or place, e.g. a casino, respectable, devoid of cheating .
|Landmark (White River Junction, VT) 14 Dec. 6/2: Needless to say, play was not always 'on the ‘straight’.|
|Marvel 12 Nov. 6: I want Spider to keep on the straight, I do.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 16 July 47/1: But when ’e’s got ’er, spliced an’ on the straight, / ’e crools the pitch, an’ tries to kid it’s Fate.‘The Play’ in|
(UK Und.) of a criminal, to lead a law-abiding life.
|Spoilers 65: I ain’t so sure as I shan’t run straight in future.|
conventionally moral and law-abiding behaviour; thus keep on the straight and narrow v., to maintain a regular, law-abiding life; also attrib.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 12 Dec. 39/4: She had a bright eye, a spring bloom, and within two weeks of her return to the straight and narrow way Sam heard her trilling samples of comic opera in her room.|
|Milk and Honey Route 215: Straight and narrow – The way to eternal life and salvation.|
|Und. Nights 31: Perhaps that was what sent him off the straight and narrow.|
|Panic in Needle Park (1971) 54: I used to walk the straight and narrow line. I got a job, and kept good hours.|
|Fixx 81: I left them there, trudging along the straight and narrow.|
|Official and Doubtful 326: You mean am I a reformed character? Back on the straight and narrow.|
unassailably honest, impeccably respectable.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 1 Sept. 24/1: [P]resent-day referees don’t know the rules, and the one who acted on this occasion, though as straight as a die, had had no experience.|
|Boy’s Own Paper 8 June 562: They’re straight as a die and game as a grizzly.|
|Fowlers End (2001) 33: Treat Sam Yudenow straight an’ ’e’s a die.|
|High Windows 11: Straight as a die, one of the best.‘Sympathy in White Major’ in|
see plain-Jane-and-no-nonsense n.
(US campus) a greeting, ‘how are you?’.
|Campus Sl. Nov. 14: You straight – Is everything OK?|
see fair dinkum! excl.
SE in slang uses
see separate entries.
see separate entries.
drinking while upright, i.e. standing at a bar rather than sitting at a table.
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
1. a convict.
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.|
2. a Western Australian.
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.|
|Chron. (Adelaide) 24 Mar. 43/3: Western Australians are known as gropers, sandgropers, straighthairs and Westralians.|
see straight n.2 (1)
(US teen) an intimate, a best friend, irrespective of gender.
|Baltimore Sun (MD) Sun. Mag. 4 Dec. 9/1: ‘Am I out to lunch?’ she asked a straight man. ‘Am I all filter? How did I get into this Vancouver bit?’.|
(US) a conventional, disapproving person.
|(con. 1960s) Wanderers 152: Just to show he wasn’t a straight-neck, Sharp wrote ‘Colored – 15’ and under that ‘Eskimo – 1’.|
|Brighton Rock (1943) 49: You tell me if anyone asks questions [...] Get me on the blower at Billy’s straight off.|
|Adolescent Boys of East London (1969) 117: If I have to do it straight off, then I do get bored with it.|
|It Was An Accident 52: Screws all clocked me straight off.|
|Hooky Gear 38: Then finally sayin it an then course them not gettin it straight off. An then me wonderin about explainin it again.|
see separate entries.
a law-abiding person; also attrib.
|Grits 463: It’s the only way ter sort out the world’s problems, innit? Make every politician, every banker, every fuckin straight-peg drop a Dove an go to a rave.|
|(con. 1980s) Skagboys 27: He’s a moaning-faced straightpeg, the kind ay small businessman Thatcher loves.|
|(con. 1980s) Skagboys 400: Ali, whae’s seein this straightpeg aulder dude, never answered her phone.|
|Invisible Victims 119: If he is a straight peg he is entitled to call the police. If he is a straight peg, chances are 99 per cent of the time that he has worked most of his life paying taxes.|
|Cogan’s Trade (1975) 6: That the straight shit, Squirrel? You tryin’, do me a favour?|
|Mr Blue 373: Yeah, I tell a good lie from time to time, ese, but this is straight shit, carnal.|
|In My Hood 3 177: I’m saying them cats will roll over on you, Nate, and that’s some straight shit.|
see separate entries.
see under shot n.1
a prison sentence.
|Drama City 191: It’s harder in some way to do your straight time than it is to jail.|
|Fight Your Ticket & Win 103: You will not be allowed work release or community service, but must do ‘straight time’ behind bars.|
see separate entries.
a woman who is seen as easy to seduce.
|DSUE (8th edn) 1164/1: [...] since ca. 1925.|
to work out in time.
|Derelicts Ch. xxii: I shall miss you terribly—at first—but it will all dry straight, Yvonne.|
|Laughing Gas 278: Cheer up, Joseph. Things will dry straight one of these days.|
(US) to think clearly; to sort oneself out.
|Cutter and Bone (2001) 21: He [...] had temporarily dropped out in order to ‘get his head on straight’.|
|Serial 63: I know you’re gonna get your head straight.|
|Surprise Party 165: He’s going to get him help [...] to get his head straight. Some friends know a really good shrink in New York. Poor Tony's very mixed up.|
|Vigil for a Stranger 64: He needs to think, to get his head straight. My father hates that expression, he hates all Robbie’s trendy slang, and he makes fun of it mercilessly.|
|Glitter Dome (1982) 130: You gotta get your head straightened out.|
|Hobos, Hustlers & Backsliders 138: The system’s messed him up, you know. He needs to get his head straight, chill for a while.|
(US) to run, to hurry.
|Kentuckian in N.Y. I 195: I’m for making a straight coat-tail out of this place.|
|Spirit of the Times (N.Y.) XIII in Inge (1967) 20: He [...] then cut a stick and made a straight coat tail for Little Shinbone.‘Quarter Racing in Tennessee’|
|Daily Phoenix (Columbia, SC) 16 July 2/1: The carpet-baggers will be [...] making straight coat-tails for their homes.|
|Nat. Tribune (DC) 12 Apr. 8/1: Then, making straight coat-tails for the sutlers by way of the gang-plank, we [etc.].|
|(con. 1899) Shanghaied Out of Frisco 105: I jest made a straight coat-tail up the lane to her heart.|
|Polite Conversation 38: Strait! ay, straight as my Leg, and that’s crooked at Knee.|
|Maumee City Exp. (OH) 12 Jan. 1/4: She keeps a roaring and a snoring [...] and a flooring you; unless you mind your P’s and Q’s and stand as fast as screws, And as straight as a dog’s hind leg.|
|High Life in N.Y. I 257: ‘You don’t say so,’ sez the tall man in whiskers, and he looked as straight as a loon’s leg; ‘what is it – any more jewelry, my pet?’.|
|Nature and Human Nature II 12: You don’t steer right on end on a bee line, and go straight as a loon’s leg.|
|Reynolds’s Newspaper (London) 14 Oct. 2/4: I honour the man who is noble and true [...] straight up and down, like a dog’s hind leg!|
|Princeton Union (MN) 7 Aug. 8/1: Howard [...] is the boss stacker, he can build one as straight as a dog’s hind leg, so we are informed.|
|Morn. Astorian (OR) 29 Oct. 2/1: The route is as straight as a dog’s hind leg.|
|St Mary’s Jnl (KS) 28 Dec. 1/2: The walk is about as straight as a dog’s hind leg.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 21 Dec. 12/2: At Coogee for instance, there are streets [...] which, though not so tortuous as Reid’s career, are hardly as straight as a dog’s hind leg.|
|Old Homestead 417: ‘By dam, Titt,’ he said, looking along the furrow and laughing, ‘but ye’re ploughin’ as straight as a dog's hind leg’.|
|Marshall Messenger (TX) 21 Oct. 4/1: I will vote the straight democratic ticket [...] that is as ‘straight as a dog’s hind leg.|
|Giggleswade Chron. 31 Jan. 6/7: The toad from biggleswade to Sandy is as straight as a dog’shind leg.|
|Max Miller Blue Book (1975) n.p.: No, I’m straight, dead straight, honest I am. As a butcher’s hook!in Took|
|Cincinnati Enquirer (OH) 27 Aug. 6/6: We can row a skif [...] as straight as a dog’s hind leg, at least downstream.|
|Jrnl & Courier (Lafayette, IN) 9 Apr. 17/1: Morally and ethically [...] it’s about as straight as a dog’s hind leg.|
|Palm Beach Post (FL) 5 Nov. 16/3: [M]ajor sports are about as straight as a dog’s hind leg.|
|Pittsburgh Post-Gaz.(PA) 17 Mar. 22/2: Professional boxing has often given the impression of being as straight as a dog’s hind leg.|
|Dly Spectrum (Saint George, UT) 1 Nov. 6/7: Illinois politics [...] play about as straight as a dog’s hind leg.|
see separate entry.