Become a law-abiding person; abandon crime. For example, Once he got out on probation, he swore he would go straight. The use of straight in the sense of “honest” dates from the 1500s and probably alludes to the opposite of crooked, used in the sense of “dishonest” from the 13th century on.
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How to use go straight in a sentence
For example, you can switch to morning or lunchtime workouts or go straight to the gym instead of stopping at home first.4 Science-Backed Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Out | DailyBurn | September 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Why do the right-wing guys always go straight to the Nazis and Hitler?Meet the Man Running for Congress on an Anti-Muslim Platform | Dean Obeidallah | July 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When I leave one checkpoint, I like to go straight to the next one.
So I decided to go straight to the source—which is how Bugg and I have hit upon the topic of time signatures.Jake Bugg Isn’t the New Bob Dylan. He’s the Male Adele. | Andrew Romano | November 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Smugglers still most often go straight through law enforcement, via corruption.
I suppose I must take you down to see the old man, and then we'll go straight off to Rome, and finish the winter there.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
I fled post-haste, and shall go straight to Sasha without stopping at Milan.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
I had rather go straight from here without another glance at her unconscious face.The Circular Study | Anna Katharine Green
I meant to pouch my winnings and go straight to my wife and say, 'Peccavi,' and I should hear her say to me, 'Go and sin no more.'You Never Know Your Luck, Complete | Gilbert Parker
Let a writer go straight to the point as directly as the hindrances of language will allow.English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster