put straight

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put straight

1. To straighten something or make something properly arranged; to fix, correct, or make amends for something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "straight." There are a few details in this contract we need to put straight before I'm ready to sign it. Tom's brother really made a mess of things with the company, but there's still time to put things straight. I've just got to put my marriage straight before I can think of doing anything else.
2. To correct someone's attitude, belief, or behavior; to make sure someone understands something correctly. A noun or pronoun is used between "put" and "straight. I had to put Stephen straight after I realized that he'd been operating the machinery wrong this whole time. Helen told me she thought the moon landing was faked, so I had to put her straight!
3. To correct one's own attitude, mindset, or behavior; to make oneself feel, behave, or think correctly. A reflexive pronoun is used between "put" and "straight." I know you're upset, but you need to put yourself straight before we go into that courtroom. Sorry, this whole situation has gotten me all flustered. I just need a minute to put myself straight. He's an addict, so he needs to put himself straight with a fix or he won't be able to function.
See also: put, straight

put/set somebody ˈstraight (about/on something)

make sure that somebody is not mistaken about the real facts in a situation: He thought I was a doctor of medicine, so I put him straight and told him I was a doctor of philosophy. OPPOSITE: lead somebody to believe (that...)
See also: put, set, somebody, straight

put oneself straight

tv. to take a needed dose of drugs. (see also straight.) I gotta get some stuff and put myself straight.
See also: put, straight
References in classic literature ?
But, as the nineteenth century has gone bankrupt through an over-expenditure of sympathy, I would suggest that we should appeal to science to put us straight. The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray, and the advantage of science is that it is not emotional."
The farmer would come along after school and pick us up after we donned our 'turkey-plucking' rags, take us out to the farm a few miles away and put us straight to work.
"But this has put us straight, and proved you can win a bet on a sporting event like this," he added.
"They plan to sign us and then put us straight back out on loan again.
Now's your chance to put us straight. Hot on the heels of this year's awards we are launching our search to crown the best places to eat in South Wales in 2013/4 - but we need you to tell us where they are.
Edwards said: "Leinster took off like a rocket and played some brilliant rugby which put us straight on the back foot.
We feel certain, just watching this Chevy ad would have helped put us straight. Chevy does an excellent job personifying the new Sonic as the adventure-loving thrill seeking companion you've always wanted by your side.
"You could only point to a couple of kicks that were silly and put us straight back under pressure."
Terry, aged 76, who lives in the village's Villa Crescent, was described on the caption to the picture of the club's weight-lifting group as 'unknown' and has contacted us to identify himself - and put us straight on a few facts.
Nothing added up in the ring until the Sprott KO put us straight. If he hits Haye properly the house would fall in on him.
Can any of my smart readers help put us straight? In the meantime, if you're looking for some genuine tips, never buy a second-hand yo-yo from a midget, never buy a pair of tights for a mermaid and never take a laxative at the same time as a sleeping pill...
They put us straight in touch with an out-of-hours doctor who sent us straight to Alder Hey.
However, eagle-eyed reader Frances Edwards has since been in touch to put us straight on the location.
"It put us straight back down there, 60 or 70 metres, and, in the end, that pays off.