straighten out


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v straighten out change for the better "The lazy student promised to reform","the habitual cheater finally saw the light"
    • v straighten out settle or put right "we need to iron out our disagreements"
    • v straighten out put (things or places) in order "Tidy up your room!"
    • v straighten out make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear "Could you clarify these remarks?","Clear up the question of who is at fault"
    • v straighten out make straight
    • v straighten out extricate from entanglement "Can you disentangle the cord?"
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  • Joe Garagiola
    Joe Garagiola
    “Nolan Ryan is pitching much better now that he has his curve ball straightened out.”
  • Billy Graham
    “If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life.”
  • H. Ross Perot
    “If you can't stand a little sacrifice and you can't stand a trip across the desert with limited water, we're never going to straighten this country out.”
  • Norman Douglas
    “One can always trust to time. Insert a wedge of time and nearly everything straightens itself out.”


In literature:

Reverently she straightened it out and stood stroking it with shaking fingers.
"The Camp Fire Girls Do Their Bit" by Hildegard G. Frey
He'll straighten out everything after we're gone.
"Where the Trail Divides" by Will Lillibridge
The mourners sure had a time getting things straightened out, but they finally got him buried.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
Uneasy, and puzzled how best to straighten out the tangle, I went out into the hall, and glanced in at the room opposite.
"Love Under Fire" by Randall Parrish
Half an hour later Mukoki straightened himself, rose to his feet and held out the precious film to Rod.
"The Wolf Hunters" by James Oliver Curwood
It seemed impossible for two strong men with one lasso, and a giant with another, to straighten out that lion.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
It was quite discouraging to have a child straighten out little happenings that we had all given up in despair.
"Ashton-Kirk, Investigator" by John T. McIntyre
It doesn't seem to me necessary to run away in order to straighten out.
"The Penalty" by Gouverneur Morris
There's been some trouble between Mimi and me this afternoon, and I'm hoping that you'll straighten it out for me.
"Mr. Prohack" by E. Arnold Bennett
The horse straightened out and thundered swift as an arrow toward the tree that marked the turning point.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
Harriet took the tiller and straightened out the scow's course, though she discovered that the old boat was a most unmanageable craft.
"The Meadow-Brook Girls Afloat" by Janet Aldridge
When we get that straightened out we can work in peace.
"Twelve Men" by Theodore Dreiser
He caught his breath sharply and straightened out, passing one hand across his eyes.
"The Younger Set" by Robert W. Chambers
And bad things that go on for a long time, can't be straightened out in a hurry.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
She began getting her strength back very fast after the next two or three days, but this queer kink in her emotions didn't straighten out.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
Relieved, Gwendolyn straightened out once more on her back.
"The Poor Little Rich Girl" by Eleanor Gates
But they need straightening out.
"On With Torchy" by Sewell Ford
I'm goin' to straighten out my face a bit.
"Under Handicap" by Jackson Gregory
The flying arms and legs straightened out and lay quiet.
"Army Boys on the Firing Line" by Homer Randall
A thought came to his mind that he would straighten out, so that when they found him he would be in good shape to fit in a coffin.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service

In poetry:

But I have straightened out
Ruin, wreck and wrack;
I toiled long years and at length
Came to so deep a thought
I can summon back
All their wholesome strength.
"The Results Of Thought" by William Butler Yeats
"He looks a weird and wintry Elf
With face in ruddy glow;
And all his curls are straightened out,
Hanging in Icicles about
A sparkling statue of himself,
Shaped out of frozen snow.
"A Winter's Tale For The Little Ones." by Gerald Massey
The tightest man I know is an Irish Eskimo,
He's selling grapes with whiskers on beneath a burning sun.
And he's working night and day, though his feet are turning grey,
Trying to straighten out bananas, and that's a thing he hasn't done!
"The Tightest Man I Know" by Billy Bennett
Our laughing little flask, compelled
Thro' depth to depth more bleak and shady;
As when, both arms beside her held,
Feet straightened out, some gay French lady
Is caught up from life's light and motion,
And dropped into death's silent ocean!
"Nationality In Drinks" by Robert Browning

In news:

Hopefully, someone from the Unionville area can straighten me and others out on this matter.
I straightened my back and let out a sigh, checking myself in the mirror.
The town of Camden and the Camden-Wyoming Sewer & Water Authority are in the process of straightening out a Delmarva Power electric bill sent to the wrong address.
For a magical moment the white fishing line was straightened out behind him.
When I straighten out the wheel, the car pulls to the left.
Taking a crack at the 2012 Olympics: Naples chiropractor headed to London to straighten out Team USA.
He wants to serve Ward 3 and ' straighten this mess out.
Straighten out Secret Service.
Mark Melancon hopes to straighten himself out with PawSox.
Todd Bowles' turn to straighten out Eagles secondary.
"There's something in the water on the sideline, I think, but we have to find the answer and straighten that out".
Dwyer straightens out running game.
Plenty of us spend hours straightening, spraying, and blowing out before stepping foot outside.
Todd Bowles' turn to straighten out Eagles secondary .
A full-court press is needed to straighten out the syntax of sports.

In science:

Including the phase shift straightens out the bend in the phase evolution.
Oscillations During Thermonuclear X-ray Bursts
With increasing σ the unstable segment shrinks, and the s-shaped graph straightens out.
Hysteresis in Ferromagnetic Random Field Ising Model with an Arbitrary Initial State
We will find useful to have a formula for straightening out certain products.
Representations of pointed Hopf algebras and their Drinfel'd quantum doubles
In this Letter, to straighten out these questions, we consider suspensions of small, heavy, and dilute particles, which is a setting relevant to the early stage of rain droplets formation in clouds .
Caustics and Intermittency in Turbulent Suspensions of Heavy Particles
To show Eq. (28) for k = 1, we take the given diagram, and make the replacement as shown between the left and right half of Fig. 5(a): first we straighten the diagram out as shown in the middle of Fig. 5(a), then we replace the double line by a wavy line connected the solid and dashed lines.
Random tensor theory: extending random matrix theory to random product states
Another ingredient in the Katok-Spatzier method is cocycle rigidity used to “straighten out” a time change; it is proved by a harmonic analysis method.
Local Rigidity of Partially Hyperbolic Actions
With the nomenclature straightened out, and neglecting the plasma back-reaction on spacetime, one may readily write down the decomposition of the field equations.
Generating vorticity and magnetic fields in plasmas in general relativity: spacetime curvature drive
The insulator-metal transition is accompanied by different competing magnetic and charge orders making it difficult to straighten out the magnetic disturbance from the dopant.
Different roles of Zn$^{2+}$ and Li$^{+}$ impurities in the CuO$_2$ plane in undoped cuprate compounds
Geometrically, the intuition here is that G is ‘almost onto’ (since its image measure is Lebesgue), and that as a result one can represent it as the projection map ([0, 1)2 )P [k ] −→ [0, 1)P [k ] after using H to ‘straighten out the fibres’.
Exchangeable random measures
Moreover, we can “straighten out” the path Π(α), changing it to a single straight line from α − i∞ to α + i∞, if α is sufficiently large.
The birth of the giant component
Lp with various values of p, we found that the curves did not straighten out with p as low as 0.05 .
Driven Diffusive Systems: An Introduction and Recent Developments
In fact, the tube wall appears to simply straighten out after the bending forces are released.
Quantum Phenomena in Low-Dimensional Systems
Since the interface S (t) is C 2,γ -regular, we can find a C 2,γ -mapping Φ with inverse Φ−1 such that Φ straightens out S (t) near x0 .
Appendix to paper: A geometric level-set formulation of a plasma-sheath interface
If the theoretical issues are straightened out and DSR does eventually predict a time of flight effect then GLAST may be able to see it for some burst events.
Modern tests of Lorentz invariance
The previous larger scale (lower resolution) single dish observations show polarization patterns which extend to such radii where the magnetic field straightens out as the gravitationa l in fluence is weak (e.g.
Magnetic Field Properties in High Mass Star Formation from Large to Small Scales - A Statistical Analysis from Polarization Data