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East is East and West is West (and never the twain shall meet).

Prov. Two things are so different that they can never come together or agree. (From Rud-yard Kipling's poem, "The Ballad of East and West.") I had hoped that Andrew and I could be friends in spite of our political differences. But, in our case, I'm afraid that East is East and West is West.
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East, west, home's best.

 and East or west, home is best.
Prov. Home is the best place to be no matter where it is. You may think that traveling all the time is fun, but eventually you'll discover that east or west, home is best.

out West

in the western part of the United States. We lived out West for nearly ten years. Do they really ride horses out West?
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go west

1. (old-fashioned) if something goes west, it is destroyed or lost My watch went west when I accidentally dropped it on a concrete floor. That's my chance of seeing the game gone west!
2. (British & Australian old-fashioned) if someone goes west, they die He went west in a plane crash.
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go west

Die, as in He declared he wasn't ready to go west just yet. This expression has been ascribed to a Native American legend that a dying man goes to meet the setting sun. However, it was first recorded in a poem of the early 1300s: "Women and many a willful man, As wind and water have gone west."
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go West

in. to die. When I go West, I want flowers, hired mourners, and an enormous performance of Mozart’s “Requiem.”
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On his arrival in England, therefore, Captain Phips solicited the king to let him have another vessel and send him back again to the West Indies.
He is a native of Kentucky, and of game descent; his maternal grandfather, Colonel Wheatley, a companion of Boon, having been one of the pioneers of the West, celebrated in Indian warfare, and killed in one of the contests of the "Bloody Ground.
As they advanced the ground became rougher and hillier, for there were no farms nor houses in this country of the West, and the ground was untilled.
From the furthest east to the furthest west the cries spread as if by contagion, accompanied in some cases by the barking of a dog.
Ferguson carefully noted the fact, that he had stopped at four degrees north latitude and seventeen degrees west longitude.
Soon after we got settled in some manner in our new cabin in West Virginia, I induced my mother to get hold of a book for me.
The material achievement and progress of the West was a closed book to her; nor could the West open the book.
Him walking on a sunny hill he found, Backed on the north and west by a thick wood; Out of the wood he starts in wonted shape, And in a careless mood thus to him said:-- "Fair morning yet betides thee, Son of God, After a dismal night.
To be sure, there was one room that was always locked against her, the west gable, looking out on the garden and the hill of pines beyond.
Then came the fruition of that historic propaganda which is best described by its own slogan: "The East for the East--the West for the West," and all further intercourse was stopped by statute.
Well, they buried Frank West beside Kenneth, and Rose put up a great big monument to him.
In the selenographical maps where, on account of the reversing of the objects by the glasses, the south is above and the north below, it would seem natural that, on account of that inversion, the east should be to the left hand, and the west to the right.
On the west coast, however, the wigwams are rather better, for they are covered with seal-skins.
But in the long run their racial defects proved fatal; they were unable to combine in permanent and steady union, and tribe by tribe the newcomers drove them slowly back; until early in the seventh century the Anglo-Saxons were in possession of nearly all of what is now England, the exceptions being the regions all along the west coast, including what has ever since been, known as Wales.
The next morning I was to start for the West to make my fortune.
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