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a step in the right direction

An action or decision that is considered indicative of positive progress. Enrolling in that degree program was a step in the right direction toward changing careers.
See also: direction, right, step

point (one) in the right direction

To give someone guidance, advice, or information that helps guide them toward a successful achievement, outcome, or resolution. We're hopeful that our financial planning services can help point people in the right direction when they look to buy their first home. I was at a loss how to proceed with the project. Thankfully, Janet was able to point me in the right direction.
See also: direction, point, right

list to (some direction)

To tilt or veer toward a particular side or direction. The boat began listing to starboard after all the crew and passengers crowded to see the whales on that side of the boat. He let go of the steering wheel and the car listed to the left.
See also: list

go in the right direction

1. Lit. to head or travel in the right direction. Are you sure we are going in the right direction? We were supposed to turn back there. We are not going in the right direction.
2. Fig. [for plans or intentions] to be progressing sensibly. Well, everything seems to be going in the right direction—for now anyway. Do you feel that this project is going in the right direction?
See also: direction, right

list to a direction

to lean to one side or another; to lean toward a specific direction. (Usually of ships or boats.) The ship had listed to one side since being struck by the speedboat. The huge ship listed a tiny bit to starboard.
See also: direction, list

ride off in all directions

1. Fig. [for people] to scatter, riding something, such as a horse or a bicycle. (See also run off in all directions.) The boys hopped on their bikes and rode off in all directions. The sheriff got the posse together and they rode off in all directions, looking for the bank robber.
2. Fig. to behave in a totally confused manner; to try to do everything at once. Bill has a tendency to ride off in all directions. He's not organized enough. Now, calm down. There is no sense in riding off in all directions.
See also: all, direction, off, ride

run off in all directions

Fig. [for people] to set out to do something or go somewhere in an aimless and disorganized fashion. (Can also apply to one person. See also ride off in all directions.) The people in the marketing department need some organization. They are always running off in all directions. Stop running off in all directions and focus your energy.
See also: all, direction, off, run

step in the right direction, a

A move that advances a course of action, as in Asking Bill to resign is a step in the right direction. This idiom was first recorded in 1871.
See also: right, step

point someone in the right direction

COMMON If you point someone in the right direction, you give them some information to help them achieve something. I hope what I say in this book will point sufferers of the disease in the right direction and will enable others to avoid getting it. We can point you in the right direction to get help.
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Staggering feebly and hopelessly from what must have been some very terrible fate, if one could judge from the horrified expressions he continually cast behind him toward the wood, he came stumbling on in my direction.
251) to vary The City Council of Liverpool (Admiral Street) (Revocation & Prohibition of Waiting) Order, 1988, by:- (A) the omission of an existing prohibition of waiting of waiting at any time restriction on Admiral Street, south west side, from its junction with High Park Street in a south westerly direction to a point 13.
30pm-4pm Ravensworth Avenue South side from a point 55 metres east of its junction with Lime Road for a distance of 30 metres in an easterly direction.
Salem Al Akrimi: Direction Regionale de Sidi Bouzid
When asked whether individuals and the nation are moving in the right direction, the survey also found that:
The person seeking spiritual direction needs to have the capacity for self-reflection, verbal skills, and a sense of the mystery in life.
When the alignment zone around each fish is negligible in size, so that the fish barely pay attention to their neighbors' directions, each fish swims in a random direction within the group.
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It states that when one body exerts a force on another, the second body exerts a reaction force that is equal in magnitude and opposite in the direction on the first body.
A model has been designed that provides both instructional technique and cognitive theory to accommodate the difficulties of structure provision and personal/group direction of learning.
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Oddly, ``No Direction Home'' - as fascinating as it is - waltzes around the subject.
City Hall and Police Plaza stand in which intermediate direction from Ground Zero?
A completely different approach without the specified difficulties and consisting in refusal from the exact orientation of neutron spins concerning a direction of the T-violating field, gives the modified resonant method of oscillating fields.
Entrance affects general fortunes and should face the direction of positive energy flow for you.