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Straight up the middle

Posted by Carol on June 30, 2008 at 18:09

Ever heard of the phrase "Straight up the middle"? I always thought it meant to be locked on to a goal and not to be distracted from it no matter what. Remember the movie 'Independence Day' where Jeff Goldblum says they're going to take their spaceship, 'Straight up the middle'. I know this is a pretty old phrase, and I've tried to get an exact meaning from quite a few sources, all to no avail.