Straight and Narrow




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Straight and Narrow : Phrases



Meaning:

To stay out of trouble.


Example:

Ever since getting out of jail on bail I have been on the straight and narrow.


Origin:

This phrase comes from the Bible and describes the path to heaven.

Matthew 7:14 to be exact:
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.

A second reference to it is in John Bunyan's book
The Pilgrim's Progress. In it, Pilgrim, the representative of the Everyman, must follow the straight & narrow.

A third comes from John the Baptist:
Prepare ye the way of the Lord. Make his path straight.


See also :
Straight as an arrow

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