keep (something) straight (in one's mind/head)

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keep (something) straight (in one's mind/head)

To be able to understand something clearly and comprehensively; to keep the details of something clear in one's mind. This project is getting so out of control. I can barely keep it straight in my mind anymore! I'm no good at lying because I can never keep my story straight!
See also: keep, mind, straight
References in classic literature ?
Keep straight on--we will get some and catch up to you.
No," said Ojo; "I think we shall keep straight ahead, for this path is the widest and best.
A man needs some responsibility, or some one dependent upon him to keep straight.
So, resolutely turning her back upon the house, she set out once more down the path, determined to keep straight on till she got to the hill.
We'll continue our course as we've begun it, and keep straight north.
I have been a straight man, and I shall keep straight in this - "
Dora had helped him up on the sofa; where he really was defying my aunt to such a furious extent, that he couldn't keep straight, but barked himself sideways.
You know I must keep straight with her as long as I can.
It's almost impossible to keep straight the rotation of doctors, friends, and family.
But it can't be easy for those involved behind the scenes to keep straight faces as they insist on continuing to use that much-devalued word "celebrity" in the title.
The song's emotional lyrics grew even more touching, as the band members struggled to keep straight faces throughout the duration of the performance.
30pm ITV) WHILE Owen is busy chasing up a debt from a bloke who refuses to pay, Anna and Gary do well to keep straight faces as this is precisely the behaviour that introduced us to the Windass family.
For instance, try to drive Salisbury Street at the lights and keep straight on Lincoln Street, or take a left onto Route 290, or come from Belmont Street to Lincoln Street.
I just played really well, hit some good shots and in weather like that you just have to keep straight and that's what I do well.
The only negative aspect is trying to keep straight the various characters' points of view.