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(someone's) native soil

The country or geographical area in which someone was born and/or raised. Though I've spent most of my adult life in London, it's always nice to return to my native soil of Shanghai, if even for just a few days.
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go native

to become like the people who have lived in a place for a long time Brian moved to Los Angeles seven years ago, and I think he's finally gone native.
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go native

  (humorous)
if you say that someone living in a foreign country has gone native, you mean that they have lost some of their own character because they have started to behave like the people in that country After a month in Egypt he went native, swapping his linen suit for a pair of wide trousers and a loose tunic.
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go native

Adopt another people's way of life, especially that of a culture from a less developed country. For example, Ben's decided to go native, sleeping in a hammock and eating all kinds of strange foods . This expression is closely associated with the often contemptuous view British colonists had of indigenous peoples. [c. 1900]
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As this gentleman was a native born citizen of the United States, a person of great probity and worth, he was selected by Mr.
A few minutes later he returned to the village gate, calling to the natives within.
Tarzan had always found that it stood him in good stead to leave with natives the impression that he was to some extent possessed of more or less miraculous powers.
Twice he came upon natives, and, though he had considerable difficulty in approaching them, he succeeded in each instance in quieting both their fears and bellicose intentions toward him, and learned from them that he was upon the trail of the Russian.
The chief offered him a hut, but Tarzan, from past experience of native dwellings, preferred the open air, and, further, he had plans of his own that could be better carried out if he remained beneath the tree.
The native warriors filed out, and with them a half-dozen white men.
Low, a sealing-master intimately acquainted with the natives of this country, give a curious account of the state of a party of one hundred and fifty natives on the west coast, who were very thin and in great distress.
They remained confined for five months before the trial took place, the result of which deprived them of their fortune and condemned them to a perpetual exile from their native country.
When the news reached Leghorn that Felix was deprived of his wealth and rank, the merchant commanded his daughter to think no more of her lover, but to prepare to return to her native country.
Taking with her some jewels that belonged to her and a sum of money, she quitted Italy with an attendant, a native of Leghorn, but who understood the common language of Turkey, and departed for Germany.
NACA's members represent and provide benefits for nearly 700,000 Tribal members, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.
Additional reports by the commission noted that migrants replaced natives and previous immigrants in the cucumber and apple industries in Michigan.
Fair is an extensive examination of the venerable artistic traditions of twentieth century Alaska Natives, including Tlingit, Aleutian Islanders, Pacific Eskimo, Athabaskan, Yup'ik and Inupiaq artists.
For this reason, it is not recommended to plant highly aromatic, woody natives close to structures in brush fire areas.
Working in Minneapolis for the past 20 years as a community organizer for LGBT Native Americans, Richard LaFortune, 45, had amassed a substantial collection of what he calls "movement ephemera"--newsletters, posters, T-shirts from the first International Gathering of GLBT Natives in 1988 .