straight arrow

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nounInformal.
  1. a person who manifests high-minded devotion to clean living and moral righteousness.

Origin of straight arrow

1
First recorded in 1965–70

Other words from straight arrow

  • straight-arrow, adjective

Words Nearby straight arrow

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How to use straight arrow in a sentence

  • She remembered her old boss as being “one of those organized, on-top-of-it people” and “a straight arrow.”

    The Messiah from Nevada | Rebecca Dana | October 21, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • For Al Gore, who always seemed like the ultimate straight arrow, that kind of freedom must be mind-blowing.

  • 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

noun
  1. informal, mainly US

    • a clean-living and honest person

    • (as modifier): a straight-arrow cop

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