Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

get (something) straight

get something straight
Meaning(s)
1) make sure you or someone else understands a situation properly
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    • get your facts/the information straight
  • Analysis

    To 'get something straight' means to understand something clearly or to understand what is true or to establish the facts of a situation.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Let me get this straight - you want to borrow £500 and you can't even roughly say when you'll pay me back? No way!
    2. Let me get something straight with you, you can't borrow my things without asking.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Make sure you get your facts straight before you submit the article. I don't want to be sued for libel. 
    2. Let's get something straight here - I'm the boss, not you, and I will not have my authority undermined!
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