head south

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.
See also: head, south

go south

 and head South 
1. Sl. to make an escape; to disappear. (Not necessarily in a southerly direction.) Lefty went South the minute he got out of the pen. The mugger headed South just after the crime.
2. Sl. to fall; to go down. (Securities markets.) All the stock market indexes went South today. The market headed South today at the opening bell
3. Sl. to quit; to drop out of sight. Fred got discouraged and went South. I think he gave up football permanently. After pulling the bank job, Wilbur went South for a few months.
See also: south

go south

Deteriorate or decline, as in The stock market is headed south again. This expression is generally thought to allude to compasses and two-dimensional maps where north is up and south is down. However, among some Native Americans, the term was a euphemism for dying, and possibly this sense led to the present usage. [Slang; first half of 1900s] Also see go west.
See also: south

head south

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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.
See also: head, south

go South

and head South
1. in. to fall; to go down. (Securities markets. This is a way of saying down. South is usually “down” on a map.) The market headed South today at the opening bell.
2. in. to quit; to drop out of sight. After pulling the bank job, Shorty went South for a few months.
3. in. to make an escape; to disappear. The mugger went South just after the crime.
See also: south

head South

verb
See also: head, south
References in classic literature ?
The thing for you to do is head south for warmer weather--say along the coast.
However, I was able to employ a very trustworthy man to take charge of the caravan--the same guide, in fact, who had accompanied me on the previous trip into the Sahara--and after writing a long letter to Innes in which I gave him my American address, I saw the expedition head south.
So soundly did the kanakas sleep through that long hot day that they did not see the cutter run out through the passage and head south, close-hauled on the southeast trade.
From the Ventura Freeway, exit at Victoria Avenue and head south about six miles to the Victoria Gate past Channel Islands Boulevard.
A coupla guys from Missouri head south to Arkansas to skate and see what's there, and the best part is that the whole thing was a photo project at school.
S Residential Wireline Voice Access Lines Head South, Revenue Heads North.
Don't head south for a day trip - the worst traffic jams are expected on the day of the eclipse and the four days leading up to it
there's a good bit of evidence that, at least on their first migration, birds just head south and fly a certain distance," says John Phillips, who reports his work in the Aug.
In September 2004 JADE attempted to head south again by vehicle and claims she was verbally harassed by another customs official who then banned her from entering the states for five years.
Contract notice: Rehabilitation of the section between south rn28 exchanger place saint-paul in rouen (pr 0 000) and head south of the tunnel grand~mare (pr 2 400)
The Cowboys head south to face the Diablos (19-8) tonight at 7:30 in a Southern Section Div I-A playoff game.
From Campland Campgrounds we head south to Ensenada, Mexico, and that's when things start to get fun.
Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123, and then launch to head south at 11:00 a.
The CHP chased Iskiyan as she drove east on Avenue N, ran through a red light while making a left turn onto Sierra Highway, and made a U-turn to head south on Sierra Highway, Ross said.