let's get something straight

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let's get something straight

set phrase Let's clear up any possible confusion, misunderstanding, or uncertainty (about something); let me make this perfectly clear. Before we get into this debate, let's get something straight—we are to focus solely on the topic at hand, so no deviating into unrelated subjects. Let's get something straight: I am the boss, and you are the employee, which means that when I ask you to do something, you're expected to do it.
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