straight man

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straight man ‎(plural straight men)

  1. Used other than as an idiom: see straight,‎ man.
    the committee consisted of two lesbians and a straight man
  2. (idiomatic) A member of a team of comic performers who plays a supporting role by helping to set up jokes and punch lines through engaging in preparatory dialog with the principal comedian; a foil who plays such a role in theatrical comedy.
    For many years Bud Abbott served brilliantly as Lou Costello's deadpan straight man.

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