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noun Informal.
a person who manifests high-minded devotion to clean living and moral righteousness.
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Origin of straight arrow

First recorded in 1965–70

OTHER WORDS FROM straight arrow

straight-arrow, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for straight arrow

straight arrow

noun
informal, mainly US
  1. a clean-living and honest person
  2. (as modifier)a straight-arrow cop
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