put straight


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put straight

1. To straighten something or make something properly arranged; to fix, correct, or make amends for something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "straight." There are a few details in this contract we need to put straight before I'm ready to sign it. Tom's brother really made a mess of things with the company, but there's still time to put things straight. I've just got to put my marriage straight before I can think of doing anything else.
2. To correct someone's attitude, belief, or behavior; to make sure someone understands something correctly. A noun or pronoun is used between "put" and "straight. I had to put Stephen straight after I realized that he'd been operating the machinery wrong this whole time. Helen told me she thought the moon landing was faked, so I had to put her straight!
3. To correct one's own attitude, mindset, or behavior; to make oneself feel, behave, or think correctly. A reflexive pronoun is used between "put" and "straight." I know you're upset, but you need to put yourself straight before we go into that courtroom. Sorry, this whole situation has gotten me all flustered. I just need a minute to put myself straight. He's an addict, so he needs to put himself straight with a fix or he won't be able to function.
See also: put, straight

put/set somebody ˈstraight (about/on something)

make sure that somebody is not mistaken about the real facts in a situation: He thought I was a doctor of medicine, so I put him straight and told him I was a doctor of philosophy. OPPOSITE: lead somebody to believe (that...)
See also: put, set, somebody, straight

put oneself straight

tv. to take a needed dose of drugs. (see also straight.) I gotta get some stuff and put myself straight.
See also: put, straight
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All charity requests that come in the post are put straight into the shredder for the same reason.
In the meantime a gallery of photos from the day's action will be put straight onto the website.
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So staying silent can get you put straight through to an operator.
THE record needs to be put straight regarding Simon Reed's statement in Wednesday's Journal that my comments completely contradicted the Conservative proposal for free car parking periods in the market towns in the run-up to Christmas.
I was put straight into the side and to make a permanent move now after a scary end to the season (narrowly avoiding relegation) is brilliant.
Fans of the Telephone singer were put straight when she confirmed that her on-again, off-again relationship with heavy metal drummer, Luc Carl, was officially no more.
The lines can be put straight on the barbecue, under the grill or in the pan without defrosting, and cook in seven minutes.
Stocksbridge failed to clear a corner and the ball was put straight through to Newby on the edge of the penalty area.
Internet forums were rife with speculation and detectives faced a race against time to catch the men who had been in the car so the record could be put straight.
But as it has now grown via the internet from speculation from one source in Australasia to a real possibility on web sites across Europe we thought rugby supporters would like the record put straight.
It was a struggle at first, but after being put straight a couple of times, including through an illuminating Betfair briefing, Sir Philip became so proficient that by the end he was offering advice to betting and racing left, right and centre.
Whatever the complication that might have been happening has been put straight and everyone is now happy,eIN said Kiir.
The unexpected setback took much of the spring from Pompey's early stride, and Turnbull was able to distinguish himself with a number of clean catches as the home side tried to put straight balls into the box for Defoe and Peter Crouch.
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