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straight arrow

An honest, ethical person who makes good decisions. Kristen was often mocked by her peers for being a straight arrow who always followed the rules and stayed out of trouble.
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a straight arrow

mainly AMERICAN
If you describe someone as a straight arrow, you mean that they are very conventional, honest, and moral. I was very much a product of my environment. I was very traditional, a real straight arrow in lots of ways. Several friends describe Mr. Menendez as `a straight arrow' who rarely drank and was close to his family. Note: You can use straight-arrow before a noun. It was impossible to imagine such a well-scrubbed, straight-arrow group of young people rioting over anything.
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a straight arrow

an honest or genuine person. North American
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straight arrow

n. an honest person; a law-abiding citizen. (see also straight shooter.) Willy is really a straight arrow at heart—as long as he’s not around Max. Max is not a straight arrow. Slime is more like it.
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straight arrow

A conventional and ethical person. As morally straight as an arrow, that person is likely to be dull. As used in colleges during the mid- 20th century, a straight arrow wasn't the type who'd get drunk or use drugs. If female, her necking, petting, or going further was out of the question.
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We prefer micro-adjustable rests so we can move the arrow up, down, left and right until we get perfectly straight arrow flight.
It produces incredibly straight arrow flight and exhibits no hand shock.
There comes a time when you exceed the bounds of conformity,'' says Lee Fentress of Advantage International, whose chief clients are NBA straight arrows Grant Hill and David Robinson.
The easiest way to assure straight arrows is to set aside several new arrows to be used only for hunting.