straight man


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straight man

someone who sets up jokes or gags so that someone else can say the punch line. I need a straight man to set up all my jokes. I'm tired of being a straight man for a has-been comic.
See also: man, straight

straight man

n. someone who sets up jokes or gags so that someone else can say the punch line. I’m tired of being a straight man for a has-been comic.
See also: man, straight
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He doesn't have the greatest facility with the language, but he's a great straight man.
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A gifted comic actress, Headly plays the straight man and the borderline lunatic with equal aplomb.
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