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A hair 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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