Up, down and side
Posted by Smokey Stover on April 28, 2006
In Reply to: Up, down and side posted by Bruce Kahl on April 28, 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.
This appears not to be a "saying" or catch-phrase, so I'm going to explain it my way, as though I had said it. I think it means that the individual in question is completely straightforward and open. He doesn't have a "side," by which I don't mean that he doesn't choose sides, but rather that what you see is what he is. It's all out there, there's no hidden side to him. I could be wrong, but there wasn't much context given. SS