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Idiom

Straight and Narrow: Origin and Meaning

Meaning
To stay out of trouble and behave in an honest and correct way.
Origin
Straight and narrowThis idiom originated from the Bible and describes the path to heaven.
Matthew 7:14:
“Broad is the way that is the path of destruction but narrow is the gate and straight is the way which leadeth to the house of God.”
Examples
“He was released from prison 2 years ago and he’s been on the straight and narrow ever since.”

“If you stick to the straight and narrow, you won’t have any more trouble with the police.”

Simon: “How’s your daughter these days? Is she still causing trouble?”
James: “No, no. Ever since I threatened to take away her mobile phone she’s been on the straight and narrow!”