This idiom may be literally translated as "to take the straight path."
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ir por el camino recto
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (idiom) (to be an honest person)
a. to live on the straight and narrow (idiom)
Mis papás me enseñaron a ir por el camino recto.My parents taught me to live on the straight and narrow.
b. to live on the up-and-up (idiom)
Regionalism used in the United States
Para ir por el camino recto, necesito dejar de beber y de jugar.To live on the up-and-up, I need to stop drinking and gambling.
2. (idiom) (to stop being a criminal)
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