too far north

too far north

slang Extremely shrewd. The phrase refers to people from the north of England, who are thought to be especially astute. Primarily heard in US. You'll never outsmart Alison, she's too far north for you.
See also: far, north
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As forecast, jet-stream tracks over the Atlantic and Pacific oceans are too far north for a Feb.
The storm is still out there in the Pacific but it looks like it's going to be too far north to affect Los Angeles,'' Hannon said.
By Friday, the comet had moved too far north for continued viewing by the great observatories in the Southern Hemisphere that have produced some of the most spectacular photographs so far, notably the European Southern Observatory in Chile.