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straight arrow

noun, Informal.
a person who manifests high-minded devotion to clean living and moral righteousness.
Origin of straight arrow
First recorded in 1965-70
Related forms
straight-arrow, adjective Unabridged
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  • First the strong bow that bends to our hand, then the straight arrow, tough and trim, and the feathers that wing it to its mark.

  • Horace Ford, the champion shot, decides in favor of the straight arrow, and our readers cannot do better than take his advice.

    Archery Rules Charles F. A. Hinrichs
British Dictionary definitions for straight arrow

straight arrow

(informal, mainly US)
  1. a clean-living and honest person
  2. (as modifier): a straight-arrow cop
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Slang definitions & phrases for straight arrow

straight arrow


: The distraught heroine murmured to the straight-arrow hero

noun phrase

A person who observes the social norms of decency, honesty, legality, heterosexuality, etc; a nondeviant: It turns out the boy is a straight arrow underneath his finery/ This is a supervisory job that ordinarily is won by the group Straight Arrow, the Eagle Scout type

[1969+; fr an archetypical upright Native American brave named Straight Arrow, mythically associated with a similar Caucasian who is a straight shooter]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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