set straight


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set someone straight

to make certain that someone understands something exactly. (Often said in anger or domination.) Please set me straight on this matter. Do you or do you not accept the responsibility for the accident? I set her straight about who she had to ask for permission to leave early.
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set something straight

 and put something straight
to figure out and correct something; to straighten out a mess. I am sorry for the error. I am sure we can set it straight. We'll put this matter straight in a short time.
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set somebody/something straight

to tell someone the true facts about a situation that they had not understood correctly If you think we won't be affected by what's happening in Asia, our chief economist would like to set you straight.
Related vocabulary: set the record straight
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set straight

Correct someone by providing accurate information; also, make an arrangement honest or fair. For example, Let me set you straight about Lisa; she's never actually worked for us, or To set matters straight I'll pay you back Monday. It is sometimes put as set the record straight, meaning "correct an inaccurate account," as in Just to set the record straight, we arrived at ten. [First half of 1900s]
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set (someone) straight

To inform (someone) of the truth of a situation.
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He said: "John Saunders has no further comment to make other than to say he is satisfied the record has been set straight with what has been a vindication of his stated position.
The United States's last two World Cup campaigns have both been ended by the Black Stars so Juergen Klinsmann's team will also feel they have a record to set straight.
We didn't quite get set straight away, but we held our nerve and kept building pressure, and TURN TO PAGE 53 then when we got the chance Jords really hit the mark.
We didn't quite get set straight away so the way we held our nerve and kept building pressure and then when we got the chance Jords really hit the mark.
We didn't quite get set straight away, (but) we held our nerve and kept building pressure, and then when we got the chance Jords really hit the mark.
We didn't quite get set straight away so the way we held our nerve and kept building pressure, and then when we got the chance Jords really hit the mark.
Hence, the records must be set straight based on actual data at our disposal.
PTI led government of KP will set straight the directions of institutions and departments in the province, corruption will be eliminated in such a way that after five years people will even forget the very name of corruption," he claimed.
To be sure, the Arab Spring's gains are receding while its reputation is turning somber: From the unrest in Egypt, most recently with the bloody clashes on October 6, to the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al-Nusra Front, and their assault on the more moderate forces, to the immunity exhibited by the militias and the tribal configuration in Libya, there are growing reasons for why that 'Spring' needs to be treated and set straight.
The university president should have made it clear that it's the University of Oregon, period, and that if Knight or anyone in the university's leadership thinks differently they'll soon be set straight.
Returned to the all-weather December, he cut little ice after lay-off but the outing set straight as he was on the mark time.
A few of Holloway's words so peeved one observer - no full name, Muttley shall just refer to him as John - that the 'wronged' person visited the Sky set demanding the record be set straight.
There are records to set straight and scores to settle.
But I just want the record set straight - it's not me.
When we got back in early January, I know it was one of the things I certainly wanted to set straight, to get to an All-Ireland final and hopefully win it.