Definition of the straight and narrow in English:

the straight and narrow

phrase

  • The honest and morally acceptable way of living.

    ‘he's making a real effort to get back on the straight and narrow’
    • ‘Just the day before he died, he told us about the new life he longed for, his plans to start up his own business and settle down with a nice girl who would keep him on the straight and narrow.’
    • ‘I thought you were on the straight and narrow and committed to high principles and morality, not like last year.’
    • ‘Who could I find to help me back on the straight and narrow?’
    • ‘And that means that it's important to have police officers, of course, on the straight and narrow.’
    • ‘Over the last few weeks I've been slowly getting my life back on the straight and narrow after a year or so of hedonistic debauchery.’
    • ‘The need to make a living keeps us on the straight and narrow, doesn't it?’
    • ‘Now he has been ordered to complete an 18-month rehabilitation order to get himself back on the straight and narrow.’
    • ‘Teenage tearaways have been warned to get back on the straight and narrow or have strict restrictions placed on their day-to-day lives.’
    • ‘So I kept to the straight and narrow for a long, long time.’
    • ‘Alan has also been working with Tameside Council to set up a pilot scheme for young offenders to help them get back on the straight and narrow.’
    • ‘I'll always be the one who enticed their precious little boy away from the straight and narrow, away to a life of sin and perversion.’