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narrow at the equator

Very hungry. The phrase alludes to the idea of having a slimmer midsection due to not eating. I'm so narrow at the equator—can we please get some food now?
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narrow escape

A situation in which danger or problems are barely avoided. That guy barely made it over the tracks before the train came. What a narrow escape!
See also: escape, narrow

keep to the straight and narrow

Fig. to behave properly and correctly; to stay out of trouble. If you keep to the straight and narrow, you can't help but win in the end. I always keep to the straight and narrow.
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narrow something down (to people or things)

to reduce a list of possibilities from many to a selected few. We can narrow the choice down to green or red. We narrowed down the choice to you or Paul.
See also: down, narrow

narrow squeak

Fig. a success almost not achieved; a lucky or marginal success; a problem almost not surmounted. That was a narrow squeak. I don't know how I survived. Another narrow squeak like that and I'll give up.
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the straight and narrow

Fig. a straight and law-abiding route through life. (Referring to a morally rigid and correct course of behavior. Fixed order.) You should have no trouble with the police if you stick to the straight and narrow. Roger was the kind who followed the straight and narrow every day of his life.
See also: and, narrow, straight

the straight and narrow (path)

behavior that is correct and moral You have to keep to the straight and narrow if you want to stay on her good side.
See also: and, narrow, straight

a narrow escape

a situation in which you were lucky because you just managed to avoid danger or trouble He only just got out of the vehicle before the whole thing blew up. It was a narrow escape.
See also: escape, narrow

the straight and narrow

if you keep on the straight and narrow, you behave in a way that is honest and moral The threat of a good beating should keep him on the straight and narrow. Have you ever been tempted to stray from the straight and narrow?
See from the horse's mouth, be as stiff as a ramrod, couldn't lie straight in bed, keep a straight face, play a straight bat
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narrow escape

A barely successful flight from or avoidance of danger or trouble, as in He had a narrow escape, since the bullet came within inches of his head. This expression uses narrow in the sense of "barely sufficient." [Late 1500s] For a newer synonym, see close call.
See also: escape, narrow

straight and narrow, the

The honest and upright way of living, as in He led a wild life when he was young, but he's been on the straight and narrow for some years . This expression is widely though to come from confusion of straight, "not crooked," with strait, "narrow," owing to a misinterpretation of a passage from the New Testament: "Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life" (Matthew 7:14). The current phrase dates only from the first half of the 1800s.
See also: and, straight

narrow squeak

n. a success almost not achieved; a lucky or marginal success; a problem almost not surmounted. That was a narrow squeak. I don’t know how I survived.
See also: narrow, squeak
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The accident prompted residents in the area to press for the improvement of the road, claiming that it was fraught with hazards due to its narrowness and the lack of lights.
Speaking on the occasion, Mukherjee said education is an instrument to set mankind free from the bondage of narrowness.
Mr Razzell bemoans the narrowness of our analysis, which excludes potential "cost" of windfarm developments.
Among their topics are applications to nonlocally convex spaces, noncompact narrow operators, strict singularity versus narrowness, weak embeddings of L1, and narrow operators on vector lattices.
Delays at the intersection are mainly a function of traffic volume, but the narrowness of the lanes, and motorists' uncertainty, make matters worse.
Sometimes there's a narrowness of vision in the UK - maybe it's partly an island mentality.
This showed an acute narrowness in the spinal cord behind the broken vertebra, Al-Nabhan added.
Because of the narrowness of the road at the Barras Lane junction, in order to carry out these works as quickly and as safely as possible, it will be necessary to close this section of Holyhead Road to traffic.
NA-005 was on route from Nossari to Muzaffarabad when it plunged into river Neelum due to the narrowness of road.
Sometimes saccharinely rose-tinted, it also conveyed the narrowness of the villagers' world.
The narrowness of the flyover has a limited number of exits to certain areas.
Using terms such as 'remarkable' and 'fight' give a flavour of good people overcoming entrenched narrowness, intolerance etc, etc.
We used to manage without it and while it may have had some benefits it now looks as though because of the narrowness of who can be insured, it may become extinct.
Their narrowness of mind rebounds back on them, and they are forced to endure in a world without Black.
Despite the narrowness of the scoreline it was a very good performance in Everton's last league match two weeks ago, when the reality of it was that the Blues should have put the game beyond Wigan long before that exciting and heart-stopping final few moments.