Date: Mon, 19 Jan 1998 20:26:10 -0500 From: Gerald Cohen Subject: "on the level" The discussion about the origin of "to level the playing field" leads me to the expression "on the level" (=honest, straightforward). RHHDAS has this expression going back to 1872. But what was the original imagery here? When someone said "He's on the level" what level was being referred to? --Gerald Cohen gcohen[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]