straightener

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From straighten +‎ -er.

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straightener (plural straighteners)

  1. A pair of metal tongs with heated ceramic plates used for straightening hair.
  2. Anyone or anything which straightens.
  3. (slang) A prearranged fight to settle a dispute.
  4. (slang) A bribe.
    • 2001, William F. Gray, The Villain (page 65)
      'Injection or not, the bloody thing won't move an inch with juice and it ain't got any. Yeah and here comes the law.'
      Cool as a cucumber, Ernie said, 'Leave him to me. I'll give him a straightener.'

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