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straight man

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Occupations, Performing
straight manˈstraight man noun [countable]  BOAPan entertainer who works with a comedian, providing him or her with opportunities to make jokes
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straight manA straight man and a good fisherman.What could work better with a free spirit than a stuffy, disapproving straight man?You soon realise that you're expected to play straight man, but it's hard to complain.You want a dollar from me, he said, playing straight man.-I do.A good responsible, straight man.
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