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go straight

1. Literally, to move forward in the direction one is facing. Just go straight on Main Street and then turn once you get to the river.
2. slang To begin to respect the law after a period of crime. You need to go straight before you end up in jail for the rest of your life.
3. slang To stop taking drugs. He's going to throw his life away on drugs if he doesn't check in to rehab and go straight soon.
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go straight

to stop breaking the law and lead a lawful life instead. The judge encouraged the thief to go straight. After Bob was arrested, he promised his mother he would go straight.
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go straight

Become a law-abiding person; abandon crime. For example, Once he got out on probation, he swore he would go straight. The use of straight in the sense of "honest" dates from the 1500s and probably alludes to the opposite of crooked, used in the sense of "dishonest" from the 13th century on.
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go straight

live an honest life after being a criminal.
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go ˈstraight

(informal) (of a former criminal) live according to the law: After his years in prison, he was determined to go straight this time.
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go straight

1. in. to stop breaking the law. I think I’ll give all this up and go straight—some day.
2. in. to get off drugs. (Drugs.) I’ll go straight one of these days.
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go straight, to

To become a law-abiding person after being a criminal; also, becoming heterosexual. The first meaning uses “straight” in the sense of “honest,” a usage dating from the 1500s and the opposite of “crooked,” or “dishonest,” which dates from the thirteenth century. For example, “That time in detention convinced her to go straight from now on.” The second meaning is much newer, dating from the 1900s. It uses “straight” in the sense of “heterosexual.”
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