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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.
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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.
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head south

deteriorate.
2008 Newsweek Many months ago, McCain remarked, honestly, that he didn't know much about economics. As the economy heads south, he is routinely reminded of his candor.
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head ˈnorth/ˈsouth

(business) (about share prices, currencies, etc.) rise/fall in value: The country’s currency headed south for the second day, weakening 1.4%.
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head South

verb
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References in classic literature ?
So, in the morning, we parted company, Hanover heading south, fifty pounds of horse-meat strapped to his saddle, while I, similarly loaded, headed north.
Whether it divined that it was being driven toward the lake, or whether it was merely a blind squirm of the monster, I do not know; but at any rate the mob took a cross street to the west, turned down the next street, and came back upon its track, heading south toward the great ghetto.
He said the earlier reported slow traffic causing delays for those heading south has improved except from Simpang Renggam to Sedenak.
Keep left as path seems to fork, heading south into the middle of common, and downhill to a ford.
2 From Low Brandlehow jetty, keep heading south - to your right - and follow lakeshore path to High Brandlehow jetty.
futures are also heading south, however and oil prices are lower on the day and the April WTI future trading at USD 56.76 per barrel.
61 (?61) for travelers heading south on the west coast, and Taiwan Rd.
Summary: A young man was killed Saturday when his car flipped over after hitting a large pothole on a road heading south from Jiyyeh.
Full Parking restrictions will be in place within the village Otterburn Arrival time 10:59 The race will turn right at the A696/B6320 junction heading south on the A696 and the turn left onto the B6341 towards Elsdon and Rothbury.
Police say the van was heading south on the A1 in the northbound lane when it was involved in a head-on collision with the car.
The head of Birmingham's scariest crime family, Tommy Shelby, is looking to expand, and he's heading south to London as this atmospheric drama returns for a second series.
PEAKY BLINDERS Thur BBC2 9pm NEW SERIES The head of Birmingham's scariest crime family, Tommy Shelby, is looking to expand, and he's heading south to London as this atmospheric drama returns for a second series.
HEADING SOUTH: Arthur, John and Thomas Shelby PEAKY BLINDERS Thur BBC2 9pm NEW SERIES The head of Birmingham's scariest crime family, Tommy Shelby, is looking to expand, and he's heading south to London as this atmospheric drama returns for a second series.