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Up, down and side

Posted by Bruce Kahl on April 28, 2006

In Reply to: Up, down and side Posted by MM on April 27, 2006

: Up, down and side

: "Everything he does is completely straight up and down.
: There is absolutely no side to him."

: What does these two sentences mean?

You will often hear someone say something about following "the straight and narrow path". This means that someone is obeying all the rules, not taking any risks and staying safe.
If someone goes side to side then that person is going over the line and taking a risk to explore the unknown or unfamiliar.

So if someone "has no side to him" then that person does not take any risks and is quite the conformist.