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English definition of “straight man”

straight man

noun [C usually singular] uk   us  
In a comedy act between two men, the straight man is the more serious of the two who is often made to look stupid by his partner.Actors and performers
(Definition of straight man from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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