- to make or become straight in direction, form, position, character, conduct, condition, etc. (often followed by up or out).
Origin of straighten
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- to become or cause to become erect
- mainly US to reform or become reformed
- to make or become straight
- (tr) to make neat or tidystraighten your desk
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Word Origin and History for straighten up
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Idioms and Phrases with straighten up
Make tidy, as in Let's get this room straightened up. [Second half of 1800s]
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