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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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THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, from Regency Enterprises, introduces us to 18-year-old Matthew Kidman (Emile Hirsch), a straight-arrow over-achiever who has never really lived life, until he falls for his new neighbor, the beautiful and seemingly innocent Danielle (Elisha Cuthbert).
Kyle Chandler serves as guide and narrator as the straight-arrow son and local sheriff, in what feels like the kind of binge-worthy series Netflix's dump-'em-all-at-once strategy warrants.
Hot Fuzz" has Pegg playing a straight-arrow London lawman who gets reassigned to a country hamlet and paired with the childish Danny (Nick Frost, "Shaun's" slacker sidekick).
This is a reporting of experiences and observations, and no straight-arrow study.
A classic coming-out book, it tells the story of John Reid, an upper-middle-class, straight-arrow Yale graduate and IBM employee who frankly and humorously comes to terms not only with his own homosexuality but also with his fears and hang-ups about sex and gay society.
Bob is a 24-carat straight-arrow rancher with a mystical ability to communicate with and cure horses - though he never actually whispers in their lugs.
The end of summer brought "Clear and Present Danger," a fast-moving escapist adventure in which Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford), the straight-arrow CIA agent, is left in the dark while a sinister agency colleague (Henry Czerny) masterminds an undercover operation against Colombian drug lords.
There is the hilarious case of Jim Bakker's sexual history, which would be only ordinarily sordid if he and his wife, Tammy Faye, hadn't made a fetish out of straight-arrow sex.
Billy Campbell makes his every onscreen moment count by effortlessly conveying evenhanded authority as Troy's straight-arrow but unexpectedly sympathetic father.
Her straight-arrow roommate (an appealing Laura Prepon) asks: ``Don't you ever meet someone and wonder what they looked like when they were little?
Daniel Ames, a straight-arrow lawyer in a high-powered Portland, Oregon law firm, is being duped into a scapegoat's role.
Tell me about feeling isolated with all those straight-arrow rockers.
When the two gals eventually bond, Lou persuades her straight-arrow dad (Bernard Campan) and catatonically depressive morn (Breitman) to allow No to move in.
The series also investigates the lives of a few of the players, from the straight-arrow quarterback (Scott Porter) to the bickering running backs, one flashy (Gaius Charles), one dissolute (Zach Gilford).
A straight-arrow New Mexico district attorney ventures south of the border in search of illegal organs for his dying daughter in "Inhale," encountering sex, violence, corruption and cute, gun-toting kids with virgin sisters for sale along the way.