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set the record straight

To make the true facts of something clear, especially when they have been previously mistaken, misunderstood, or misrepresented. There have been a lot of crazy rumors flying around for the last few days, so I'd like to set the record straight once and for all.
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set the record straight

Fig. to put right a mistake or misunderstanding; to make sure that an account, etc., is correct. The manager thought Jean was to blame, but she soon set the record straight. Jane's mother heard that Tom is a married man, but he set the record straight. He's divorced.
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set the record straight

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put the record straight

COMMON If you set the record straight or put the record straight, you state that something that has been said or written is wrong and then correct the mistake. A company seeing wrong information about itself in a report may struggle to set the record straight. I am amazed at the rubbish written about my alleged lack of fitness. Let me put the record straight.
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put/set the ˈrecord straight

(informal) give a correct version, explanation of events, facts, etc. because you think somebody has made a mistake: I think there has been some misunderstanding so I’d like to set the record straight.
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