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head south

1. To escape; to vanish or disappear. (Not necessarily in a southerly direction.) Everyone in the gang headed south when they learned that the police had discovered their hideout.
2. To fall or drop; to depreciate; to lose quality or value. (Especially related to finances or stock exchanges.) The company's stock profile continued heading south for the third day in a row today. I used to be a big player in the stock market, but all my investments have headed south lately.
3. To cease working or functioning; to quit, fail, or fall apart. Talks between the labor union and the construction firm headed south yesterday, so it looks like workers will be on strike again soon. My computer is only a month old, and it's already heading south.
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head south

or

go south

INFORMAL
If something heads south or goes south, it becomes less successful or falls to a lower level. At that point, the stock market headed south. Managers were selling shares in the certain knowledge that the company was going south.
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head south

deteriorate.
2008 Newsweek Many months ago, McCain remarked, honestly, that he didn't know much about economics. As the economy heads south, he is routinely reminded of his candor.
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head ˈnorth/ˈsouth

(business) (about share prices, currencies, etc.) rise/fall in value: The country’s currency headed south for the second day, weakening 1.4%.
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head South

verb
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References in classic literature ?
So, in the morning, we parted company, Hanover heading south, fifty pounds of horse-meat strapped to his saddle, while I, similarly loaded, headed north.
Whether it divined that it was being driven toward the lake, or whether it was merely a blind squirm of the monster, I do not know; but at any rate the mob took a cross street to the west, turned down the next street, and came back upon its track, heading south toward the great ghetto.
The head of Birmingham's scariest crime family, Tommy Shelby, is looking to expand, and he's heading south to London as this atmospheric drama returns for a second series.
PEAKY BLINDERS Thur BBC2 9pm NEW SERIES The head of Birmingham's scariest crime family, Tommy Shelby, is looking to expand, and he's heading south to London as this atmospheric drama returns for a second series.
HEADING SOUTH: Arthur, John and Thomas Shelby PEAKY BLINDERS Thur BBC2 9pm NEW SERIES The head of Birmingham's scariest crime family, Tommy Shelby, is looking to expand, and he's heading south to London as this atmospheric drama returns for a second series.
He said he saw them heading south towards Newquay, which is around 10 miles away and home to a colony of grey seals, a popular food source for the whales.
A WEEK AND A HALF IN BAJA, MEXICALI, we find the Consolidated crew and Thrasher photographer Otter Ogden heading south with our first stop at Campland Campgrounds in San Diego, CA.
Speaking of heading South, the South San Francisco Historical Society has a hand in producing South San Francisco (0738529214, $19.
On a Train Heading South, about global warming, chugs into town with a Jack Perla score and Alexander V.
At the beginning of the last ice age about 40,000 years ago, when most animals were heading south, some chipmunk populations stayed in northern refuges, scientists say.
Once fed and rested, the birds fly on and don't return until autumn, when they are heading south.
E) If you circumnavigated Africa by ship, starting out at Dares Salaam, Tanzania, and heading south, through which bodies of water would you travel?
Opal Lounge is heading south, literally, and will soon open its second trendy restaurant venue in the heart of Manhattan's legendary Bowery at NoLIta Place, a 12-story, 65-unit boutique residential tower recently developed by Metropolitan Housing Partners, LLC in concert with the building's owner The Carlyle Group of Washington D.
Pretty soon it won't just be retirees and vacationing families heading south to the state best known for Mickey Mouse.
The essays are arranged geographically, beginning in the Northeast, heading south, and ending up in Seattle.