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(someone's) native soil

The country or geographical area in which someone was born and/or raised. Though I've spent most of my adult life in London, it's always nice to return to my native soil of Shanghai, if even for just a few days.
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go native

To adopt the behavior, attitudes, or characteristics of the people of a different culture in which one now lives. John has gone native after living in Hawaii for a year, surfing every chance he gets and wearing flip-flops and cargo shorts everywhere.
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go native

Adopt another people's way of life, especially that of a culture from a less developed country. For example, Ben's decided to go native, sleeping in a hammock and eating all kinds of strange foods . This expression is closely associated with the often contemptuous view British colonists had of indigenous peoples. [c. 1900]
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go native

(of a person living away from their own country or region) abandon their own culture, customs, or way of life and adopt those of the country or region they are living in.
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go ˈnative

(often humorous) (of a person staying in another country) try to live and behave like the local people: She was one of a number of artists who had emigrated in the 1990s and gone native.
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We are pleased to have received the highest amount awarded to a number of institutions," stated Tom Ogaard, President and CEO of Native American Bank.
But what is the moral justification for displacing native workers and consigning recent immigrants, legal or otherwise, to a life of poverty in low-wage, dead-end jobs, so that agribusinesses may increase their profits while the average American saves mere pennies at the supermarket?
It takes 500 years for native trees like New Zealand's rata, rimu and totara to get established, but in the first 10 years, birds such as little spotted kiwi (the national bird), brown teal, bellbird, native robin, scaup, weka and pigeon, as well as reptiles like the rare tuatara lizard, have been reintroduced.
Still thinking about that musky aroma, I inquire about plant selections that would be appropriate for an herb garden of fragrant native plants.
The intent is to get (the appointment of a native bishop) between now and General Synod and to incorporate it officially during General Synod," said Archbishop Hutchison.
The Carolina native dydma is bright red, but there are other shades of Monarda native to the Eastern U.
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In fact, many native speakers, who are fluent in speaking English, are not good writers.
Now that native Fibre Channel tape drives are readily available and are coming down in cost, these library manufacturers are offering products with a native Fibre Channel Tape solution in addition to the bridged solution.
In cities like Los Angeles and Miami, whose percentage of foreign-born workers shot up by more than 30 percent during the period, average native wages rose by over $4,200 more than in low-immigration cities.
I, as a private landowner, consider Urban Forestry as the biggest threat to our native forests, at least here in the Midwest.
IT COULD BE THE RECENT OPENING OF A Smithsonian museum dedicated to Native Americans.
Johansen, the definitive two-volume reference work, Native Peoples Of North America: A History, is a very highly recommended college-level pick for any academic or community library seeking a strong overview of Native American history and culture, and joins the prestigious Praeger's 'Native America: Yesterday and Today' series.
Modified starches in general offer better value than native starches, providing more consistent starch quality coupled with the starch supplier's application expertise.
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