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    straight lace

    Hello there,

    Could anyone explain to me what does the term mean?

    many thanks

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    Re: straight lace

    It's strait-laced (straits are tight, narrow, confining as in a strait jacket, sometimes used to restrain prisoners during transit; straight is a direction; straight, not curved)

    It means strict, unwavering, even prudish to some.

    There is a pun, a slogan on T-shirts, worn by those who wish to show that despite their hetersexualtiy, they are not opposed to gay people:

    "I'm straight, but not narrow"

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    Re: straight lace

    I'm not a teacher.

    Hi…

    straight-laced adj.

    1. Excessively strict in behavior, morality, or opinions.
    2. Having or wearing a tightly laced garment.

    Marked by excessive concern for propriety and good form: bluenosed, genteel, old-maidish, precise, priggish, prim, prissy, proper, prudish, puritanical, stuffy,
    strait-laced = prim and proper
    antonyms: broad-minded, permissive

    You could see also a further definition which I have just found in Urban Dictionary:

    Straitlaced = a man or woman with deep moral convictions..A girl or guy with high moral standards that have respect for his/her body.A man or woman that will make your life a living hell if you date them AND you do not have the same sort of convictions they have.A man or woman that expects the best(but also gives it)at all times.Easy to hang with-- a chore to date..

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: straight lace

    It may be accepted by some as a variant spelling, but it is nonsense. There is nothing straight about lacing. They criss-cross. They are, however, strait. They are tight and serve to narrow the flow. The Straits of Gibraltar.

    Straight comes from streccan, to stretch.
    Strait comes from strictus, to bind or draw tight.

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