straighten up

  1. to become or cause to become erect

  2. mainly US to reform or become reformed

Words Nearby straighten up

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How to use straighten up in a sentence

  • A rustling in the trees caused him to straighten up suddenly and with a startled jump he glared about on all sides.

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  • Emma drove away down the road with Jim, but Sarah remained to straighten up the house.

Other Idioms and Phrases with straighten up

straighten up

Make tidy, as in Let's get this room straightened up. [Second half of 1800s]

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