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find true north

To find or proceed on the correct course or in the right direction. A reference to finding the position of the North Pole (e.g., by compass or by locating a pole star) so as to navigate properly. I would strongly advise that you seek professional legal counsel to find true north in your case against the state.
See also: find, north, true

it's grim up north

cliché An adage that life in Northern England is greatly inferior to that in the South. A: "The company wants me to relocate to the branch in Middlesbrough, but I'm not sure I want to go." B: "Can't say I blame you. It's grim up north."
See also: grim, north, up

north and south

The mouth. The phrase comes from rhyming slang in which "north and south" rhymes with "mouth." Primarily heard in UK. Hey, watch what comes out of your north and south around your granny.
See also: and, north, south

north forty

Forty acres on the northern section of a property. I think Pa's working up on the north forty—want me to take you over there?
See also: forty, north

north of (some number)

Beyond some number; exceeding some number. Now that I'm north of 50, I swear my back hurts no matter what I do. If I sneeze, that's it, I'm doubled over for the rest of the day. Does Joel really make north of $80,000 a year? Dang, I'm in the wrong business.
See also: north, of

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

up North

To, in, or at the northern part of a country or the world. People from both sides of the political spectrum always threaten to move up North across the border whenever a new president is elected. Maybe it's just that the heat down here makes us more mellow, but I always find people up North to be way more uptight and aggressive.
See also: north, up
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

up North

to or at the northern part of the country or the world. I don't like living up North. I want to move down South where it's warm. When you say "up North," do you mean where the polar bears live or just in the northern states?
See also: north, up
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

find true north

Get on the right course, proceed in the right direction, as in We'd better find true north before our competitors do. This term alludes to locating the position of the North Pole from a particular point. [Slang; late 1900s]
See also: find, north, true
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

up north

to or in the north of a country. informal
See also: north, up
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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%.
See also: head, north, south
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Parker's other film credits include Kiss Them for Me oppo-site Cary Grant, and Ten North Frederick starring Gary Cooper.
Meanwhile a middle-aged man was bitten and struck with a hammer when thieves broke into his home at North Frederick Street in Dublin.
In 1956 he received a National Book Award for Ten North Frederick (1955; film, 1958).
The National Book Awards were presented for the following: fiction, Ten North Frederick by John O'Hara; nonfiction, American in Italy by Herbert Kubly; poetry, Shield of Achilles by W.
Ten North Frederick (1955) deals with the contrast between the public and private lives of a leading citizen.
His later books include A Rage to Live (1949), Ten North Frederick (1955), From the Terrace (1958), Elizabeth Appleton (1963), Lovey Childs (1969), and The Ewings (1972).
Six people were arrested last week amid angry scenes after housing activists were evicted from a vacant house on North Frederick Street in Dublin.
Located at 18761-Q North Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD, the Maryland Table Tennis Center, MDTTC, is a premier full-time table tennis club in the United States for both recreational players and elite athletes with 10,000 square feet of space.
Roads including John Street, Montrose Street, Nelson Mandela Place, North Frederick Street and Mitchell Street will be closed or partially shut to allow crowds to follow the procession.
pounds 121,500 and pounds 128,500 for two flats in North Frederick Path, Glasgow city centre.
Meanwhile, Garda Representative Association spokesperson John O'Keeffe said: "We unequivocally condemn the online abuse of and threats against those of our membership who were working as public servants at the recent North Frederick Street protest, including the derogatory comments made on last Friday night's Late Late Show.
SUNDAY SUNDAY CIRCUS, 4pm-10.30pm The Ark, 42-46 North Frederick Street, Glasgow.
Drew Harris was responding to criticism over the evictions from an empty property at North Frederick Street in Dublin on Tuesday.
Stevie, 07899757040\]CRIMSON Events are holding a Psychic Evening today from 6.30pm for Scottish Women's Aid at the Old Printworks on North Frederick St, Glasgow.
WHEN gardai are under increasing public scrutiny, the events which took place at an eviction on Dublin's North Frederick Street will do little for their image.
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