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Long pole in the tent

Posted by RRC on June 24, 2006

In Reply to: Long pole in the tent posted by Bob 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

: Oh, I'd giggle.

Coincidentally, I had lunch yesterday with some people I used to work with and we discussed an occasion back in about 1995 (in Texas) when our boss accidentally misused this phrase to our great amusement.