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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

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.
See also: direction, point, right
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With this network expansion, Fibrecomm becomes the first network operator in Southeast Asia to integrate Optical Transport Network (OTN) switching and directionless ROADM technology into its core long haul network infrastructure.
Meanwhile, senior Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Gurudas Dasgupta said the budget is directionless, and added that the Finance Minister has not outlined from where he would mobilise the resources.
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PSFT has been relatively directionless for about two years, foundering beneath the 24 level after gapping lower in early 2002.
Trading has been directionless and share prices have been hovering around the 8,500 mark, as investors can't move their positions" before going through the key events, said Masatoshi Sato, senior strategist at Mizuho Investors Securities Co.
Hilary Cook of Barclays Stockbrokers says: "The UK market is directionless rather than cataclysmic.
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On the technical front, APPB has not made much progress since late October, shuffling in a rather directionless range between the 36 and the 43 levels.
The yield on the bellwether 10-year Japanese government bond ended marginally lower Wednesday after directionless trading.
Durst, 30, personifies the directionless anger of his head-banging fan base, which consists largely of young working-class and middle-class men.
The life of depressive shopgirl Mirabella - drifting between boyfriends, as directionless as a leaf in the breeze - isn't the sort of tale you'd expect from funnyman Steve Martin.
SBUX shares themselves have been relatively directionless for the past few weeks, consolidating into their ascending 10-week trendline since mid-November.
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