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Long pole in the tent

Posted by Smokey Stover on June 24, 2006

In Reply to: Long pole in the tent posted by ESC on June 24, 2006

: I've heard this expression twice this week -- once in staff meeting in Kentucky and just now on a national television news program, NBC Today:

: LONG POLE IN THE TENT -- The central issue or main task.

Is this new? Or do you have to be born in Kentucky? I've never heard it, although it seems appropriate, if you can keep the younger members from tittering. SS