keep things straight

keep things straight (in one's mind)

Fig. to correctly distinguish one thing from other things. These two bottles look so much alike. It's hard to keep them straight.
See also: keep, straight, thing
References in classic literature ?
I did all I could to help him to keep things straight.
Each reassured me that they rely on "local knowledge" to keep things straight.
A dab of blue paint on the SERVICE connectors and red on the EMERGENCY pair will keep things straight the next time you hook 'em up.
Having established that setA[degrees] ting, Blomkamp then introduces us to Max (Damon), an exA[degrees]convict who works in a factory while tryA[degrees] ing to keep things straight and himself out of trouble.
The only real trick will come when stopping or turning while the wind is blowing--slightly more pressure on the downwind brake will be necessary to keep things straight.
Just to keep things straight, since the emergence of the H1N1 patient zero in Mexico last March, pharma companies in the past year were depicted as
One of the easiest ways to keep things straight is through signs and branding right in front of the bank branches.
To keep things straight, Philbin has a separate interest-bearing checking account where he deposits money budgeted for replacement purchases.
To keep our readers up with the latest moves, Cheers inaugurates the Brand Scorecard, which we hope helps everyone keep things straight.
To keep things straight, we have had many reports of no problems and high satisfaction with the LibertySurf service.
He drifts between time and place, leaving the reader thumbing pages trying to keep things straight.