set straight

Correct someone by providing accurate information; also, make an arrangement honest or fair. For example, Let me set you straight about Lisa; she's never actually worked for us, or To set matters straight I'll pay you back Monday. It is sometimes put as set the record straight, meaning “correct an inaccurate account,” as in Just to set the record straight, we arrived at ten. [First half of 1900s]

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How to use set straight in a sentence

  • And they need to be set straight and gingerly brushed out of the way of said greatness.

  • Better get some more peach-leaf pain-killer on your arm 'n' set straight down to breakfast.

    Overland | John William De Forest
  • He took his way down the trail, his face set straight before him, the smoke of his breath streaming behind.

    Blazed Trail Stories | Stewart Edward White
  • And like the really splendid fellow he is, Dick Sherwood offered to help me set straight the things I wanted to set straight.

  • After I came back from Wei to Lu the music was set straight and each song found its place.