get something right/straight
1. To have a clear understanding of something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "get" and "right." Is the meeting at 4:00? Did I get that right?
2. To stop taking a drug. If you don't get right, these drugs could end up killing you.
get something straight
To have a clear understanding of something. Before we get into this debate, let's get something straight—we are to focus solely on the topic at hand, so no deviating into unrelated subjects. Let's get something straight: I am the boss, and you are the employee, which means that when I ask you to do something, you're expected to do it.
To stop taking a drug. If you don't get straight, these drugs could end up killing you.
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get something straight
Fig. to understand something clearly. Now get this straight. You're going to fail history. Let me get this straight. I'm supposed to go there in the morning?
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Understand accurately or do correctly, as in If I get it right, you're not leaving until tomorrow, or The faucet works perfectly; the plumber finally got it right. [First half of 1900s]
Also, have straight. Understand correctly or make something clear, as in Now let's get it straight-you'll take over at four, or Do I have it straight about when you're leaving? This expression uses straight in the sense of "in proper order" or "not confused." [c. 1920]
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get something ˈright/ˈstraightunderstand something clearly and correctly: Have I got this right? You want me to jump off the bridge and onto a moving train? Never! ♢ Let’s get one thing straight. I’m the boss and I tell you what to do.
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get straightand get right
in. to take a dose of a drug to end drug craving. (Drugs.) You’ll never get straight if you keep smoking that stuff. I need to get right before anything else.
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