straight edge

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The subculture takes the name from the 1981 song Straight Edge by the hardcore punk band Minor Threat.[1][2]


straight edge (countable and uncountable, plural straight edges)

  1. (uncountable) A lifestyle and subculture that advocates abstinence from alcohol, tobacco and the usage of recreational drugs.
    Synonym: sXe
  2. (countable) Alternative form of straightedge

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  1. ^ Ian MacKaye (lyrics and music) (1981), “Straight Edge”, performed by Minor Threat: “I don't even think about speed / That's something I just don't need / I've got the straight edge”
  2. ^ Ross Haenfler (2006) Straight Edge, Rutgers University Press, →ISBN, page 7

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