put (someone) straight

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put (someone) straight

To correct someone's attitude, belief, or behavior; to make sure someone understands something correctly. 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!
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...)
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Our police can catch as many criminals as they wish but putting them straight back on the street is not a solution.
My husband says I've become a nag because his habit of dumping dirty dishes in the sink, instead of putting them straight in the dishwasher, drives me to distraction.
It's been handy for customers picking up 25 kilo bags of potatoes and putting them straight into their cars.
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