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does"set straight" mean "sit straight?"or "look straight ahead?" Nicole Alphand, intently studying the expression on her husband's face as he heard the news over a telephone at the other end of their luncheon table, leaped to the conclusion that President de Gaulle had been assassinated. Set straight, she sent for the embassy chauffeur and drove off to call upon the Robert Kennedys. Nicole was the wife of the French Ambassador and was accustomed to paying her respects; to her, at that moment, it was as simple as that.
May 27, 2013 1:20 PM
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Susan is right. :-) Think about a picture hanging crookedly on your wall. You would "set the picture straight" ... but in this case, the metaphor is about ideas which need to be 'set straight'.
May 27, 2013
No, it means she had been mistaken in thinking DeGaulle had been assassinated and someone corrected her or set her straight.
May 27, 2013
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, French
Learning Language
English, French