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Straight and narrow

DEFINITION

Strictly obeying the rules. ‘Straight’ implies legal and moral while ‘narrow’ signals a very strict path of laws, rules or processes. (Compare to Mind your P’s & Q’s. Contrast with Monkey business.)

 “Now that you are released from jail, you had better follow the straight and narrow path or else you’ll go back to jail.”

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