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a step in the right direction
An action or decision that is considered indicative of positive progress. Enrolling in that degree program was a step in the right direction toward changing careers.
point (one) in the right direction
To give someone guidance, advice, or information that helps guide them toward a successful achievement, outcome, or resolution. We're hopeful that our financial planning services can help point people in the right direction when they look to buy their first home. I was at a loss how to proceed with the project. Thankfully, Janet was able to point me in the right direction.
list to (some direction)
To tilt or veer toward a particular side or direction. The boat began listing to starboard after all the crew and passengers crowded to see the whales on that side of the boat. He let go of the steering wheel and the car listed to the left.
See also: list
go in the right direction
1. Lit. to head or travel in the right direction. Are you sure we are going in the right direction? We were supposed to turn back there. We are not going in the right direction.
2. Fig. [for plans or intentions] to be progressing sensibly. Well, everything seems to be going in the right direction—for now anyway. Do you feel that this project is going in the right direction?
list to a direction
to lean to one side or another; to lean toward a specific direction. (Usually of ships or boats.) The ship had listed to one side since being struck by the speedboat. The huge ship listed a tiny bit to starboard.
ride off in all directions
1. Fig. [for people] to scatter, riding something, such as a horse or a bicycle. (See also run off in all directions.) The boys hopped on their bikes and rode off in all directions. The sheriff got the posse together and they rode off in all directions, looking for the bank robber.
2. Fig. to behave in a totally confused manner; to try to do everything at once. Bill has a tendency to ride off in all directions. He's not organized enough. Now, calm down. There is no sense in riding off in all directions.
run off in all directions
Fig. [for people] to set out to do something or go somewhere in an aimless and disorganized fashion. (Can also apply to one person. See also ride off in all directions.) The people in the marketing department need some organization. They are always running off in all directions. Stop running off in all directions and focus your energy.
step in the right direction, a
A move that advances a course of action, as in Asking Bill to resign is a step in the right direction. This idiom was first recorded in 1871.
point someone in the right direction
COMMON If you point someone in the right direction, you give them some information to help them achieve something. I hope what I say in this book will point sufferers of the disease in the right direction and will enable others to avoid getting it. We can point you in the right direction to get help.