Definition of straight arrow in US English:

straight arrow


  • An honest, morally upright person.

    • ‘You can tell his character is gonna be a straight arrow when he refuses to let an unctuous lobbyist buy him breakfast.’
    • ‘It's useless to pretend you're just a straight arrow - nobody believes you anyway.’
    • ‘Harry is an unbreakable straight arrow who remains completely uncontaminated in his search for the psycho.’
    • ‘Paul was what we called a straight arrow, maybe the straightest I have ever known.’
    • ‘Given his own natural inclination towards bizarre parts, the relatively straight arrow that is Murdoch appears to be a blip on his acting map.’
    • ‘If you're an ordinary person you've got to be an absolute straight arrow.’
    • ‘But as times and tastes changed, it needed a catalyst to move beyond the shopworn stereotypes of cops as either by-the-book straight arrows or rakish, rule-breaking mavericks.’
    • ‘I'm a straight arrow, and a superb administrator - when I see a need, the task is as good as done.’
    • ‘Prior to that I'd always been a straight arrow, a model of restraint.’
    • ‘Reichert is the naïve, by-the-book straight arrow and Keppel the imaginative, albeit somewhat troubled, veteran.’
    • ‘The only thing you can really smear Clear with is his military service since he was such a straight arrow personally.’
    • ‘English, once something of the good-guy, straight-arrow of the movie business, has morphed into a person everybody thinks there's something wrong with.’
    • ‘Sure, Carter's still an idiot, Stan a straight arrow, and Kurt a complainer, but the boys seem to be showing signs of complexity and layering.’
    • ‘He had that public persona of being a real straight arrow - married and a father.’
    • ‘I, Josephine Forbes, have always been a straight arrow, if you will.’
    • ‘Andie, the academic straight arrow, succumbs to the temptation to cheat on an important exam.’
    • ‘He had the reputation of a straight arrow with a passion for community causes, someone you could turn your back to without fear of being stabbed, someone who valued a good idea.’
    • ‘The reason I was in Regina, was that my little brother - straight arrow, crack shot, judo expert and noted stunt driver - graduated from the RCMP academy.’
    • ‘Joe was the straightest of the straight arrows, a real gentleman.’


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