set (one) straight

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set (one) straight

To correct one's attitude, belief, or behavior; to make sure one understands something correctly. I had to set 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 set her straight!
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set someone straight

to make certain that someone understands something exactly. (Often said in anger or domination.) Please set me straight on this matter. Do you or do you not accept the responsibility for the accident? I set her straight about who she had to ask for permission to leave early.
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set something straight

 and put something straight
to figure out and correct something; to straighten out a mess. I am sorry for the error. I am sure we can set it straight. We'll put this matter straight in a short time.
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set straight

Correct someone by providing accurate information; also, make an arrangement honest or fair. For example, Let me set you straight about Lisa; she's never actually worked for us, or To set matters straight I'll pay you back Monday. It is sometimes put as set the record straight, meaning "correct an inaccurate account," as in Just to set the record straight, we arrived at ten. [First half of 1900s]
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set (someone) straight

To inform (someone) of the truth of a situation.
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References in classic literature ?
They lay all the evidence before me, and I am generally able, by the help of my knowledge of the history of crime, to set them straight. There is a strong family resemblance about misdeeds, and if you have all the details of a thousand at your finger ends, it is odd if you can't unravel the thousand and first.
He explained that some in his circle of friends regularly make bigoted remarks about the Rothschilds and their vast power and he wanted to set them straight. I'd written a report about the Rothschilds in school years ago, but figured there was probably better, more up-to-date material out there.
The cops immediately presume Mick's a kerb-crawler, but just as he's trying to set them straight, stirrer Rainie deliberately makes things worse and Mick is soon bundled off the police station.
Explain what's involved and be pleasant but if it doesn't work phone their landlord and ask him to set them straight.
But I'm delighted to report that after I set them straight on the law, the Co-op sent Susan, 41, a cheque for pounds 5050, which includes pounds 200 compensation for the delay.
Mentors subsequent attempts to set them straight. Her replies, written in the third person, are thoughtful and practical but are also frequently laced with wry humor.
And, it appears, there is no teaching authority to set them straight. I recently spoke to a Nova Scotia woman who works with Catholic high-school students.
''The fundamental problem lies in countries and governments that have produced refugees, and I believe we should first set them straight,'' he said.
'I had always read it to apply to new buildings,' the official said, 'If they are reading it differenfiy then we have to set them straight and be sure the legislation reads very clearly.'