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know which way is up

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know which way is up

verb phrase

To have practical sagacity; know what's what: Beneath the tunes and the glories, Mozart knew which way was up, and had a first-class comic imagination/ They was all badly scared and muddled, and didn't know which end was uppermost (1891+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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