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straighten out

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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theystraighten out
he/she/itstraightens out
present participlestraightening out
past tensestraightened out
past participlestraightened out

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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] same as straighten
    She tried to straighten her leg out, crying in pain.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to deal with a problem or a confused situation
    A team of accountants was brought in to straighten out the firm’s finances.
    1. a.
      to help someone with problems improve their unsuitable behaviour
      He spent years trying to straighten out his drug-addict brother.
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