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
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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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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. To be frank with you, I don't think he did."
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.
"Keep straight on," said the ogress, "and you will find it."
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.
Keep straight ahead and continue to the footbridge on to the road.
At junction, keep straight on, soon crossing over bridge.
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.
CORONATION STREET (7.30pm 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.