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    put on straight and narrow

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    We get put on the straight and narrow and told to be responsible. Told to act our age ...

    What does "get put on the straight and narrow" mean?
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    Re: put on straight and narrow

    Straight and narrow is the path to salvation (or to any desired goal). You must be mindful to avoid straying from the path.

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    Re: put on straight and narrow

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Straight and narrow is the path to salvation (or to any desired goal). You must be mindful to avoid straying from the path.


    Bunyan started it: The Pilgrim's Progress - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The story is confused by the archaic word 'strait' - which means 'narrow'. This word persists in the biblical (?) quote 'strait is the gate' (the one that gives onto the straight and narrow path - immortalized by André Gide in La Porte Etroite), and in the expression 'dire straits' (originally a narrow sea passage between two dangerous rocks, but now just any difficult or dangerous situation. As long as the -GH- was pronounced - some kind of fricative, either [x] or [Χ] (I'm not saying it's not known which, just that I don't know) - 'strait' and 'straight' could get along quite happily together. But once the fricative was dropped, one of the two had to go.

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    Re: put on straight and narrow

    Hi

    But "We get put ..." means that we are made/told to do so?
    To me it means: We are made to live decently and told to be responsible.

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    Re: put on straight and narrow

    I have never heard of 'we get put" with this idiom to describe being corrected or steered towards a better path in life.

    Try;

    We were put on the straight and narrow . . .

    He put us on the . . . .

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    Re: put on straight and narrow

    I understand. Thanks.

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