straighten (sth) out


1. resolve or clarify a situation






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straighten out an unresolved and messy situation

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To 'straighten something out' can mean to literally make something straight, it can also mean to make something organised or tidy. You might 'straighten out a page of a newspaper' for example in order to read it clearly or 'straighten out the office' so it looks better or so you can find things more easily. This is a popular phrasal verb used in both social and professional contexts.

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  1. The conflict between Kevin and Helen has been going on for far too long. They really need to get together and straighten things out.
  2. I need to get this whole messy situation straightened out in my head before I can hope to start making sense of it.

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  1. The deal will end up falling through if these mix-ups keep happening, so I'm going to cut out the middle man and meet face-to-face with the CEO of the other company so that we can straighten everything out once and for all.
  2. It took our new accountant weeks to straighten out the company's financial records. They were such a mess!

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