straighten up

straighten up
1. to sit or stand more straight. •

Billy's mother told him to straighten up or he'd fall out of his chair.

John straightened up so he'd look taller.

2. to behave better. •

Bill was acting badly for a while; then he straightened up.

Sally, straighten up, or I will punish you!

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{v.} To put in order; make neat. * /Vic had to straighten up his room before he could go swimming./ * /Mrs. Johnson straightened up the house before company came./ Compare: PICK UP(6b), SQUARE AWAY.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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