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1‘Rory straightened his tie’
make straight, align
adjust, arrange, rearrange, tidy, make tidy, neaten, spruce up
uncoil, unkink, uncurl
2‘he didn't know how to straighten things out with Viola’
put right, set right, sort out, iron out, clear up, settle, resolve, find a solution to, put in order, tidy up, regulate, regularize, rectify, repair, remedy
disentangle, unravel, unsnarl, untangle
informal patch up
3‘he straightened up, using the bedside table for support’
stand up, stand up straight, stand upright, straighten one's back
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