straighten up and fly right


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straighten up and fly right

Fig. to improve one's behavior or attitude and perform better. (Originally referred to an airplane.) If you want to keep out of trouble, you had better straighten up and fly right. Straighten up and fly right or I will send you to the principal.
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straighten up and fly right

in. to get serious and start behaving properly. Straighten up and fly right before you get into difficulty.
See also: and, fly, right, straighten, up
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At a courtroom in Olympus, the judge (Peter Howard) upholds the law, giving Miss D 18 months to straighten up and fly right if she wants to get her child back.
Once a person finds God, he or she will straighten up and fly right.
I thought that I've got to straighten up and fly right," Maxa said.
If anything, my kids influenced the others to straighten up and fly right.