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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.
See also: direction, right, step

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.
See also: direction, point, right

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?
See also: direction, right

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.
See also: direction, list

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.
See also: all, direction, off, ride

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.
See also: all, direction, off, run

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.
See also: right, step

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.
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With this network expansion, Fibrecomm becomes the first network operator in Southeast Asia to integrate Optical Transport Network (OTN) switching and directionless ROADM technology into its core long haul network infrastructure.
Anna, who is played by ``Monsieur Hire's'' Sandrine Bonnaire, is an unhappy Parisian housewife so directionless that, when she gets off the elevator for an impulse visit to a psychiatrist, she turns the wrong way and ends up spilling her guts to a financial adviser instead.
PIR has been relatively directionless over the past several months, shuffling sideways below the 20 mark.
Kaur, the wife of cricketerturned- politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, said the state government was visionless and directionless and had made only false promises.
In New York overnight, the dollar remained directionless against the yen in a thin trading as the Fed kept its monetary policy intact at its two-day policy meeting that ended Wednesday, dealers said.
New Delhi, Feb 28 (ANI): Asserting that nothing has been done to curtail inflation, the Opposition on Monday dubbed the General Budget 2011-12 to be directionless, saying it has brought no relief to the common man.
Tomas Lemarquis gives a skillful performance in the title role of ``Noi,'' a film about a directionless Icelandic albino teen.
The stock has been directionless, with its 10-day and 20-day moving averages offering no clues whatsoever as to a possible trend.
Tokyo stocks edge up in morning in directionless trading
Sorry, but Razorlight are tiresome, unoriginal and directionless.
Shaw is a directionless, natural talent who just needs a little focus, mothering and discipline to turn his life into something.
Hilary Cook of Barclays Stockbrokers says: "The UK market is directionless rather than cataclysmic.
Since mid-2002, the shares have been relatively directionless, remaining range-bound between the 20 and 30 levels.
He got his name after a directionless character played by Ernest Borgnine in the 1955 film ``Marty.
The life of depressive shopgirl Mirabella - drifting between boyfriends, as directionless as a leaf in the breeze - isn't the sort of tale you'd expect from funnyman Steve Martin.
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