stay on the straight and narrow

stay on the straight and narrow

To maintain a morally upright way of life; to only make choices that are considered morally and legally correct. Now that I have a conviction on my record, I really have to stay on the straight and narrow going forward. My father stayed on the straight and narrow until the day he died, and I think he regretted never doing anything wild or unexpected when he had the chance.
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keep to, stay on, etc. the ˌstraight and ˈnarrow

(informal) live your life according to strict moral principles: She’s stopped drinking and now she’s trying to stay on the straight and narrow.This phrase comes from the Bible, describing the path to Heaven.
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Some stay on the straight and narrow while others go down this dark road.
She said that at the time of the raid Mills had been sleeping rough after being thrown out of the family home, but he was now determined to stay on the straight and narrow.
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