an entertainer who plays the part of a foil for a comic partner.
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- straight from the horse's mouth,
- straight from the shoulder,
- straight goods,
- straight gyrus,
- straight joint,
- straight matter,
- straight muscle,
- straight off,
- straight out,
- straight poker
Origin of straight man
First recorded in 1925–30
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Examples from the Web for straight man
The trait was especially essential for Nathan, a straight-man character Garcia patterned after himself.Will Arnett on ‘The Millers,’ ‘Arrested Development,’ and More|Jason Lynch|October 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
a subsidiary actor who acts as stooge to a comedian
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