"The straight and narrow" nghĩa là gì?

Going down the straight & narrow. Photo courtesy Craig Sunter.

'The straight and narrow' nghĩa là lối sống không thể chê trách (the proper, honest, and moral path of behaviour); nguồn gốc, có lẽ từ Matthew 7:14: 'strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life'.

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Rather than repudiating Trump, Schipper’s recipe for Republicans here involves their “unique local brand.” He says U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan will keep the next president “on the straight and narrow.”

When Dustin Valdez was a boy, he struggled to stay on the straight and narrow. His parents had immigrated to the US from El Salvador, and his neighborhood was plagued by drugs and violence. Dustin was just another LA kid, looking for his “thing.” But where many of his friends found gangs, Dustin discovered skateboarding. And that has made all the difference.

The most recent of the banking scandals to engulf HSBC – collusion in tax evasion by clients of HSBC’s Swiss private banking offshoot – came too late for the authors fully to explore its magnitude and lessons. Yet for those looking for explanations of how such an apparently well-managed bank could have strayed so far from the straight and narrow, The Lion Wakes provides them in spades.

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